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Communicating Advice

Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice

Edited By Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook

Although competent peer tutoring depends heavily on knowledge within the particular discipline, there is certainly more to the process than subject knowledge alone. One of the most important components of tutoring in any academic area is effective communication. Research in the area of communication studies is relevant to all areas of tutoring, but is often only a minor component of peer tutoring training. This book brings together tutoring center experts and communication experts to provide research-based advice for training peer and near-peer tutors. With a broad audience in mind, these experts translate research from the fields of communication and pedagogy into advice that can be used for tutoring in any field. Peer tutoring centers or pedagogy courses in any discipline will find this book to be an effective discussion tool for encouraging tutors to consider the importance of how they communicate their advice to students.
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An edited volume is, by definition, a product of teamwork. To all of the contributors and supporters of this project, we offer big thanks. Your experience and expertise has made this a valuable collection of essays. Thanks also go to the Department of Communication Studies and the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Southern Mississippi for their generous support of the project through time and money. The Speaking Center at the University of Southern Mississippi has provided continual support and a testing ground for peer tutoring ideas. The Communication Department at George Mason University also supported the project monetarily and, for that, we are very thankful. Carl Brown and Victoria Brown provided invaluable copy editing and indexing assistance. Finally, thanks also go to Meg Turner for her expert assistance in providing her indexing skills in a timely manner.

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