Researching the Writing Center is the first book-length treatment of the research base for academic writing tutoring. The book reviews the current state of writing center scholarship, arguing that although practitioner-researchers continue to value anecdotal and experiential evidence, they must also appreciate empirical evidence as mediating theory and practice. Readers of this revised edition will discover an evidence-based orientation to research and be able to evaluate the current scholarship on recommended writing center practice. Chapters examine the research base for current theory and practice involving the contexts of tutoring, tutoring activities, and the tutoring of specific populations. Readers will investigate the sample research question "What is a 'successful' writing consultation?" Researching the Writing Center concludes with an agenda for future questions about writing center practice that can be researched empirically. This revised edition of the text is intended for writing center professionals, researchers, graduate students in English, composition studies, and education, and peer tutors in training. It is also suitable for courses in writing center theory and practice, learning center theory and practice, composition studies, education, and learning assistance.
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 524 g
Dimensions: 225 x 150 mm
Edition: New edition
"In "Researching the Writing Center", Rebecca Day Babcock and Terese Thonus give writing center studies a new understanding of itself. Up to this point, writing center scholarship was largely seen as theoretical or anecdotally based, and it was this perspective that often guided practice. However, Babcock and Thonus help us see that the field has long been made up of empirical research that can better ground our decisions and actions." Lauren Fitzgerald, Professor of English; Chair of the English Department and Director of the Wilf Campus Writing Center, Yeshiva University and Melissa Ianetta, Professor of English; Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Jr. Chair of Writing, Director of Writing Centers, and Editor, "College English", University of Delaware
""Researching the Writing Center" is much more than another call for writing center scholars to produce more rigorous research. Instead, Babcock and Thonus lead by example throughout this book.... "Researching the Writing Center" is essential reading for any writing center professional interested in joining the call for data-supported research. This work is unique among current writing center books in its ambitious scope." Kathryn Denton, Program Specialist, Writing and Language Center, University of New Mexico
"Arguing for empirical research in writing center studies is no longer necessary; as Babcock and Thonus show in this revised edition, the move toward empirical research is well underway. To support and facilitate this most-welcome progression, Babcock and Thonus comprehensively analyze and cogently synthesize the field's empirical research, including a wealth of unpublished dissertation studies. In doing so, they have produced a detailed and useful account of the field and its trends that is sure to help writing center researchers continue their push toward evidence-based practice." Jo Mackiewicz, Associate Professor of English; Co-Director, ISUComm Advanced Communication, Iowa State University
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