ERIC Number: ED424588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
The Tutor at the Center: Hearing and Reverberating the Stories of a Multi-Cultural Campus.
Over the years, a composition instructor has watched the metaphor of the writing center as a spider web unfold on three different college campuses, all of which have a culturally diverse student body. As a junior college peer tutor, a graduate student tutor, and a faculty member trying to get out of doing some committee work, the instructor has seen the center from many different angles. From all of these angles, one thing remains the same: the instructor learns just as much from the writers who visit the center as they learn from the instructor. The writings of three different students who visited the writing center show they are unified by their sentiment and by their listener (the tutor). By sharing their ideas, histories, and stories with the instructor, these student writers change tutors' ideas, histories, and stories. They have reached the instructor despite their supposed "otherness." These writers have woven their words into the center (the writing center and the metaphorical spider web's center) and their effects reverberate out from it so far that where or if the reverberations end cannot be seen. Each story may stand alone as a particular strand, but together these stories manifest an elaborate web. (RS)
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 (49th, Chicago, IL, April 1-4, 1998).