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Researching the Writing Center

Towards an Evidence-Based Practice

Rebecca Day Babcock and Terese Thonus

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 they continue to value anecdotal and experiential evidence, practitioner-researchers must also appreciate empirical evidence as mediating theory and practice. Readers of this book 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 «different» populations. Readers will investigate the sample research question, «What is a ‘successful’ writing consultation?» The book concludes with an agenda for future questions about writing center practice that can be researched empirically. Researching the Writing Center is intended for writing center professionals, researchers, graduate students in English, composition studies, and education, and peer tutors in training.


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a p p e n d i x b Application for Project Approval TITLE: DATE: 1. Name of Investigator(s) 2. Department Affiliation 3. Mailing Address 4. Phone Number(s) 5. Name of Faculty Member Responsible for Project 6. Type of investigator and nature of activity. (Check appropriate categories)  Faculty or staff of The University of Texas of the Permian Basin  Project to be submitted for extramural funding; Agency  Project to be submitted for intramural funding; Source  Project unfunded  Other  Student at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin  Graduate  Undergraduate  Special  Senior Thesis  Master’s Thesis or Project  Class project (number and title of class)  Independent study (name of faculty supervisor)  Other (please explain) 7. Qualification for exempt status: Research described in the proposal is (check those which apply)  Research conducted in commonly accepted educational settings using normal educational practices.  Research using educational tests, survey, interview or observation tech- B&T Final_B&T fin 6/19/12 3:21 PM Page 183 niques which do not expose subjects to risk of identification which could include negative personal consequences.  The data being collected is from elected or appointed officials or candi- dates.  Research uses secondary data and subjects cannot be identified.  Research is conducted in cooperation with a public service department or agency for program evaluation purposes. NOTE: The qualification for exempt status is determined by UTPB ACHE. All information requested in this form is required for processing. 8. Are individuals other than faculty, staff,...

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