This book presents a model of Practitioner Inquiry (PI) as a systematic form of empirical research and provides a rationale for its suitability within a writing center context. Exploring the potential of writing centers as pedagogical sites that support research, the book offers an accessible model that guides both research and practice for writing center practitioners, while offering flexibility to account for their distinct contexts of practice.
Responding to the increasing call in the field to produce empirical “RAD” (replicable, aggregable, data-driven) research, the author explores Practitioner Inquiry through explication of methodology and methods, a revisitation of collaboration to guide both practice and research, and examples of application of the model. Nordstrom grounds this research and scholarship in Hawaiʻi’s context and explores Indigenous concepts and approaches to inform an ethical collaborative practice.
Offering significant contributions to empirical research in the fields of writing center studies, composition, and education, this book will be of great relevance to writing center practitioners, anyone conducting empirical research, and researchers working in tutor professionalization, collaboration, translingual literacy practices, and researchmethodologies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Practitioner Inquiry and Empirical Research in the Writing Center 1
1 What Indigenous Practices Can Teach Us about Collaboration 25
2 Practitioner Inquiry: A Model for Research and Practice in the Writing Center 55
3 A Practitioner’s Inquiry into Tutor Professionalization vis-à-vis Collaboration 75
4 Translingual Practices vs. Academic Discourse: Writing Center Consultants Weigh in on Supporting Writers’ Multiliteracy Repertoires 98
Epilogue: A Practitioner’s Final Thoughts 119
Georganne Nordstrom is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research and teaching focus on writing center studies, critical place-based pedagogy, and Indigenous and minority rhetorics. A 2018-19 Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Nordstrom is also the recipient of the 2012 Richard Braddock Award and is Vice President of the International Writing Center Organization.