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Writing Center Research : Extending the Conversation - Paula Gillespie

Writing Center Research

Extending the Conversation

By: Paula Gillespie (Editor), Alice Gilliam (Editor), Lady Falls Brown (Editor), Byron L. Stay (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 12th January 2002
ISBN: 9780805834468
Number Of Pages: 296

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There are writing centers at almost every college and university in the United States, and there is an emerging body of professional discourse, research, and writing about them. The goal of this book is to open, formalize, and further the dialogue about research in and about writing centers. The original essays in this volume, all written by writing center researchers, directly address current concerns in several ways: they encourage studies, data collection, and publication by offering detailed, reflective accounts of research; they encourage a diversity of approaches by demonstrating a range of methodologies (e.g., ethnography, longitudinal case study; rhetorical analysis, teacher research) available to both veteran and novice writing center professionals; they advance an ongoing conversation about writing center research by explicitly addressing epistemological and ethical issues. The book aims to encourage and guide other researchers, while at the same time offering new knowledge that has resulted from the studies it analyzes.

About the Authors and Editorsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xv
Writing Centers as Sites of Self-Reflective Inquiryp. 1
The Call to Research: Early Representations of Writing Center Researchp. 3
Disciplinary Action: Writing Center Work and the Making of a Researcherp. 23
Beyond the House of Lore: Wcenter as Research Sitep. 39
Insider as Outsider: Participant Observation as Writing Center Researchp. 53
Writing Centers as Sites of Institutional Critique and Contextual Inquiryp. 73
Writing Center Administration: Making Local, Institutional Knowledge in Our Writing Centersp. 75
Reading Our Own Words: Rhetorical Analysis and the Institutional Discourse of Writing Centersp. 91
Student-Centered Assessment Research in the Writing Centerp. 111
Capturing Complexity: Using Grounded Theory to Study Writing Centersp. 133
The Portfolio Project: Sharing Our Storiesp. 149
Computer Literacies and the Roles of the Writing Centerp. 167
Writing Centers as Sites of Inquiry Into Practicep. 187
Seeing Practice Through Their Eyes: Reflection as Teacherp. 189
The Return of the Suppressed: Tutoring Stories in a Transitional Spacep. 203
The Subject is Literacy: General Education and the Dialectics of Power and Resistance in the Writing Centerp. 221
Why Feminists Make Better Tutors: Gender and Disciplinary Expertise in a Curriculum-Based Tutoring Programp. 235
Author Indexp. 259
Subject Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9780805834468
ISBN-10: 080583446X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 12th January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.75  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.6
Edition Number: 1