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ERIC Number: ED186909
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Training Peer Tutors for College Writers: Respect, Response, Dialogue.
Draper, Virginia
The development of a full-credit peer tutor training course for college freshmen is based on the assumption that respect for the writing student and respect for writing as a process are essential attitudes for peer tutors to acquire. Training begins with assigning tutors writing activities to make them more aware of themselves as writers and learners and more appreciative of the processes of composition. Readings from Peter Elbow's "Writing without Teachers" and Carl Rogers'"Freedom to Learn" and role playing as textbook reviewers serve to further the tutors' understanding of composition. With this respect and understanding, the tutor is able to make responses appropriate to individual needs of student writers, and examples of these responses are found in the research papers that tutors are required to write about their experiences tutoring students. Most notable in the tutors' research reports is reference to a changing dialogic relationship between tutor and writer. The tutor seems to be able to guide the student from a one-sided student-teacher dialogue to a more equal I-thou relationship that encourages the students' respect for themselves as writers and learners and enhances their ability to engage in academic discourse. (AEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A