ERIC Number: ED199766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Training the Tutor: A Comparison of Attitudes toward Writing.
Bell, Elizabeth S.
To examine the effect of placement in freshmen English classes on the way students perceived themselves as writers, a college English instructor conducted an informal comparison of the attitudes of freshman English students with those of tutor-trainees. Both groups of students were asked to write a description of themselves as writers with no directions about content. As expected, the freshman students described themselves as poor writers, giving myriad reasons for their perceived inadequacies--some implying that they must be poor writers because they were in a remedial class. The responses of the tutor-trainees, expected to be positive since being tutor-trainees implied that they were good writers, were also negative. The difference between the two groups was that the tutor-trainees had an understanding of their writing problems, usually self-imposed standards. A posttest at the end of the semester showed that both groups benefited from working together. The freshman students' attitudes about themselves as writers became more positive, and the tutors, by working with less experienced writers, learned to explain concepts they had taken for granted, thereby reinforcing their own skills, and were reassured by the success of their students. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the South Carolina Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (Columbia, SC, February 21, 1981).