ERIC Number: ED341250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
An Examination of Consultant-Student Discourse in a Writing Center Conference.
Porter, Felicia Lincoln
The discourse of writing center conferences was studied to determine whether it is potentially different from classroom discourse. The question was what happens to communication between teacher and student when the setting and roles are somewhat altered. The writing center setting was chosen because the focus is on face-to-face conversation that is not hierarchical. A particular moment in the interaction between one student and one writing consultant at the center was chosen for analysis using Mehan's model for analyzing the social organization of classrooms. Several examples of initiation, response, and evaluation (IRE) were found. Ways that agendas are negotiated and modified in discourse in a writing center conference were also noted. It was found that the conference differed from classroom discourse in some ways, and that when the student and consultant agendas came into conflict, the consultant used questions to focus the student's attention on problems with the student's agenda. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: PENN Working Papers, Volume 7, Number 2/Fall 1991; see FL 020 001. p93-108.