ERIC Number: EJ985179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug-24
Reference Count: N/A
Can the Writing Center Reverse the New Racism?
New England Journal of Higher Education, Aug 2012
Writing center workers are agents of change whose practices might reverse the resegregation and new racism occurring in the country. As leaders in the academy who advance a "pedagogy of hope," writing center workers model a practice for bringing about a lasting and abundant multicultural community. Starting with the writing center at the University of Iowa in the first half of the last century, there has been a tension between those who seek to pigeonhole writing centers as fix-it shops that remediate the scarce skills they perceive in our novice writers and those who believe that the idea of a writing center can bring about an abundance of positive outcomes, not only in highlighting the strengths of our novice writers, but also in constructing a helpful dialogue about race. In this article, the author points out that this century's writing center workers model a practice for bringing about a multicultural community. They are agents of change whose practices will expose the new racism occurring in the country.
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Laboratories, Change Agents, Academic Achievement, Tutoring, Race, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Iowa
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001