Towards an Evidence-Based Practice
1. Theory, Practice, and What’s In Between: Writing Center Scholarship
c h a p t e r o n e Theory, Practice, and What’s in Between: Writing Center Scholarship If Darwin were to teach us anything about writing centers, he would probably urge us to adopt a materialist model, complete with rich, thick descriptions of our own pedagogical Galapagos, out of which patterns and revelations will emerge. He would tell us to write them down, not lock them away in a desk and wait for our world to catch up. We must relinquish our faith, stop believing in writing centers and start convincing ourselves, and others, by the evidence. (Boquet, in Griﬃn, Mattingly, & Eodice, 2007, p. 11) Overview of the Book and Chapter 1 Writing Center Research: Towards an Evidence-based Practice is the ﬁrst book- length treatment of the research base for academic writing tutoring. With a 100- year history in secondary schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S. and, increasingly, across the globe, writing centers have become a staple in the teach- ing of writing. They serve populations of high school, undergraduate and gradu- ate students, basic writers and faculty. They are located in departments of English, are aﬃliated with university- or school-wide entities or departments of writing, rhetoric and communication, or are supported by private endowments. Tutors in these centers are peers (secondary students, undergraduates, and graduate stu- B&T Final_B&T fin 6/19/12 3:21 PM Page 1 dents) or professionals (Writing Centers Research Project, 2004). With the growing importance of writing centers to...
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