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ERIC Number: ED371357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 6
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"Backlash" or The Dialogic Interanimation between Theory and Research in the Writing Center.
Woolbright, Meg
For instructors in college writing centers, doing research is crucial, both for understanding what they do and authorizing who they are. A dialogic relationship between the research undertaken and current theory is particularly crucial. The goal of this research needs to be understanding the relationship between the writing center and the larger institution. One way to do this is by focusing research on the stories of their day-to-day lives in writing centers. The most recent wave of research, written since Steve North's call for research in his "Idea of a Writing Center," has been of a highly theoretical sort and consequently has initiated a backlash: writing center instructors are calling for an end to research, a break from the theoretical cacophony. But Nancy Chodorow's theory about men's and women's work in "The Reproduction of Mothering" would offer a word of caution in the face of this retreat. Madeleine Grumet's reading of Chodorow posits a two-tiered institutional system in which men are responsible for systems, policy, procedures, and curriculum, and women are responsible for maintenance and execution. Writing instructors must guard against relegating themselves to this "lower class" position. They must speak about their daily lives behind the closed doors of writing centers and comment on their place in the larger institution. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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