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ERIC Number: EJ920499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0889-6143
Theory in/to Practice: A Tale of Two Multilingual Writers--A Case-Study Approach to Tutor Education
Nakamaru, Sarah
Writing Center Journal, v30 n2 p100-123 2010
Writing centers are places not only of practices and policies but also of inquiry. Increasingly, research conducted in writing centers is informing the theoretical bases as well as the day-to-day goings-on in our various local contexts. In turn, the situated daily activity of each writing center as well as the theory or principles behind it generate new research questions and insights for the greater community of people whose work it is to work with writers. One of the author's most satisfying experiences at the writing center came in the opportunity to conduct her own research and immediately translate it into practice in the form of tutor education. This essay describes how the author used data, findings, and methodological aspects of that research to create a new approach and new materials for preparing tutors to work with multilingual writers of English. The primary purpose of this article is to show how locally conducted research served as inspiration and materials for a new approach to tutor education. After briefly describing the research, the author explains how the methodology inspired a new approach to preparing tutors to work with multilingual writers. Finally, she presents excerpts from an in-house tutor handbook that she created using data and findings from the study. She frames these excerpts of a local publication as an example of how research can be presented in multiple ways to different audiences. The secondary purpose of this article is to make visible one aspect of the hidden work of the writing center: the ways writing center professionals are producing and sharing new knowledge in the local contexts in which they work. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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