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ERIC Number: EJ915047
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-0889-6143
New Conceptual Frameworks for Writing Center Work
Grimm, Nancy M.
Writing Center Journal, v29 n2 p11-27 2009
This article presents the author's address for the International Writing Centers Association Conference in Las Vegas. The author's argument in this talk stresses the importance of paying attention to the conceptual frames writing tutors use to understand the world, their work, and the impact of their work on the world, and this attentiveness to conceptual frameworks is important in all careers. When the undergraduate writing coaches the author has known return from a conference like this one, they frequently express surprise about how much writing centers vary from campus to campus. They learn that not all writing centers have the same approach to scheduling or the same policies or the same tutor education program. To illustrate how these assumptions shape a writing center, the author will take the audience on a quick mental tour of three writing centers where she has worked. These three seemingly distinct writing centers are actually different versions of the same writing center at the same university operating under different assumptions about students, about language, about literacies, and about learning. In the next section of this talk, the author identifies three of the "conscious" conceptual frameworks that she has used to replace the earlier unconscious assumptions that shaped the work of the writing center. As the author identifies each framework, she will cite some of the research that supports the framework. She will show how each framework has changed the practices of the Michigan Tech Writing Center, and she will speculate on how these changed practices provide undergraduate tutors with critical competencies that are important in global workplaces.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan