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ERIC Number: ED416495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-14
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Why It Is Important To Recognize and Understand the Constructs That College Writing Center Tutors Bring to Their Tutoring Sessions.
Fletcher, David C.
A study examined how college tutors make sense of tutoring sessions and how their analysis in turn influences their subsequent decisions and actions. Subjects were two tutors who were asked five questions over a period of two sequential tutoring sessions. One tutor realized that her goal was to help students earn better grades, that she managed the session, and, as a consequence, infrequently listened to the student. Another tutor revealed a very different approach to tutoring--she was conscious of her major tutoring construct (supporting her students to develop their voice) and could articulate it and demonstrate it in practice. The second tutor took the time to continually check with the student to determine that she understood what the student intended. Two questions remain: the role that voice plays in a tutor's primary tutoring constructs , and how a tutor's understanding of the importance of the development of a student writer's voice can be used in support of the tutor's work with student writers. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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