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ERIC Number: ED358466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-1
Pages: 14
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Helping the Graduate Thesis Writer through Faculty and Writing Center Collaboration.
Powers, Judith K.
Last year, the Writing Center at the University of Wyoming saw a 100% increase in conferences held with graduate student research writers. Reactions of writing center staff to this development were not entirely positive because: (1) writers came with documents that were too long to discuss in a 30-minute conference and still expected a "quick fix;" (2) many of these writers, especially English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students, wanted the center staff to edit for them; (3) faculty advisors' annotations and revision directions often made little sense; and (4) writing center staff often could not understand students' material or discipline well enough to offer good advice. Over time, center staff came to understand that many of these students, especially the ESL students, did have problems that required assistance, and that offering such assistance was extremely difficult. The center eventually developed a process which involved a triangular collaboration, called "trialogue." By making initial contact with the advisor before beginning to conference with students, center staff were able to bring together all major pieces of the research writing context and thus counsel students how they can effectively produce good writing suited to their fields. The development of the trialogue model led to examination of the occurance of thesis writing problems on a local and national level and to development of a program designed to evaluate the trialogue model. (SAM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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