ERIC Number: ED275001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Writing Center: A Leader in Change and Service.
Deming, Mary P.; Valeri-Gold, Maria
To meet the needs of changing student populations, respond to the results of current research, and justify their continued existence financially, writing centers must expand their services to accommodate the diverse needs of various academic, business, and civic members of their surrounding communities. Besides offering peer tutoring and individualized instruction in composition and English usage, writing centers could schedule a variety of workshops at different times of the day for the surrounding community. After-school programs could be instituted for elementary and high school children in the areas of English, reading, and computer literacy. They could also be used as major settings for research in many areas and levels of education. Through close communication with special services counselors and educators, handicapped students with special needs could be helped. Finally, in addition, writing centers could act as clearinghouses for previewing and reviewing new computer software, and could be used to train educators in the evaluation and selection of reading and writing computer software. A staff member could model the software evaluation process for groups of teachers, develop a list of the most appropriate software for particular teacher needs, and help teachers develop computer-based teaching plans. (JD)
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Disabilities, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Outreach Programs, Peer Teaching, Program Content, Program Development, Program Improvement, Resource Units, School Community Relationship, School Role, Student Needs, Study Facilities, Tutorial Programs, Writing Instruction, Writing Laboratories
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference (Mobile, AL, April 17-19, 1986).