ERIC Number: ED276019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Peer Tutoring and the Teaching of Writing.
Deming, Mary P.
Peer tutoring has a long historical precedent in western civilization. Since its reemergence in the United States during the 1960s, it has been used for every age group, subject matter, and level of intelligence. Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of peer tutoring, its efficacy in the college writing center has caught the attention of leaders in the field of English education, and it is most eloquently supported in K. Bruffee's "Peer Tutoring and the 'Conversation of Mankind.'" Peer tutors are effective in helping students with the different stages of the writing process, but that effectiveness depends primarily on the type of training tutors receive. The most emulated college program was formulated by Bruffee at Brooklyn College, and emphasizes peer criticism. Like any other technique that promises fast action and quick results, peer tutoring should be scrutinized seriously. Tutors could be rated by observers using a performance checklist, or, for a more summative evaluation, a pretest and posttest could be given to the student to determine improvements as a result of the tutoring. (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Southeastern Writing Center Association (Mobile, AL, April 17-19, 1986).