ERIC Number: ED406683
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
When General Education Reforms Include Writing, What Happens to the Writing Center?
What happens in a writing center is always directly linked to a particular curriculum. If the "old regime" featured a 2-course writing requirement, the writing center director generally teaches in the English department and the center works closely to support composition and technical writing and advanced composition sections. Student writers may make repeated use of the center while enrolled in those writing/English courses, but a relatively small percentage think of the center later when faced with term papers or reports in other courses. In the case of curriculum reform, writing receives a different focus. As a result of the new curriculum, more teachers and more students will be more involved with writing. Questions which come up can be divided into "Practical Questions" and"Role Questions." For example, what services will define the writing center's relation to student writers? Will the writing center play a part in faculty development workshops or seminars? Is the writing center space large enough to handle increased demand, and is it adequately furnished? What unites the questions is the role of partnership. In the best of all worlds, the writing center is a major factor, extending its partnerships with students and faculty in ever greater directions and in ever greater numbers. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (47th, Milwaukee, WI, March 27-30, 1996).