ERIC Number: ED370109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr-11
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Training Students Formally: A Rationale for a Three Credit Course.
Boswell, James, Jr.
Writing center tutor training at Harrisburg Area Community College, Pennsylvania, was improved through the development and implementation of a 3-credit course. Professionals in the field, other professors at the institution, writing center tutors, and the community college administration were consulted in the development of the course. The course was given a "trial run" for two years before it was officially adopted as a permanent offering in the college catalog. Outside presenters address the class, and students spend three hours per week in the writing center. The course brings together instruction and hands-on experience. Students acquire skills in working with people and, through course work, are encouraged to do scholarly work. Students are given the opportunity to put theory into practice and later to report their experiences. The course developer/instructor feels that the course has been a joy to teach. Student evaluations have been above average. Generally, students who complete the course remain to tutor in the writing center. The course allows them the opportunity for intellectual stimulation and growth unlike any other course at the college. A chronology from the idea for the course to final adoption in the college catalog is attached. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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