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ERIC Number: EJ825764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0098-6291
Requiring First-Year Writing Classes to Visit the Writing Center: Bad Attitudes or Positive Results?
Gordon, Barbara Lynn
Teaching English in the Two-Year College, v36 n2 p154-163 Dec 2008
The attempt of writing center consultants to discourage faculty from requiring classes to visit the writing center led to research that calls this longstanding practice into question. In the early days of the proliferation of writing centers, faculty were advised not to require either individual students or entire classes to go to the writing center. In this article, the author relates how she initially did the opposite when she began her first writing directorship. She solicited faculty to make writing center visits a course requirement. But, as years passed, along with many other faculty, students, and fellow directors, the author learned that required class conferences could detract from and dilute writing center services. Soon, she joined the ranks of center directors in explicitly asking colleagues "not" to require classes of students to come for conferences. Here, she presents the findings of a study that her students conducted to persuade faculty not to assign mandatory class visits to writing centers. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A