1st Edition

Writing Center Talk over Time A Mixed-Method Study

By Jo Mackiewicz Copyright 2018
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    In the last 15 to 20 years, writing centers have placed greater importance on tutor training, focusing on teaching tutors best practices in fostering student writers’ engagement and writing skills. Writing Center Talk over Time explores the importance of writing center talk and demonstrates the efficacy of tutor training. The book uses corpus-driven analysis and discourse analysis to examine the changes in writing center talk over time to provide a baseline understanding of the very heart of writing center work: the talk that unfolds between tutors and student writers. It is this talk that, at its best, motivates student writers to continue to improve their writing and scaffolds their learning and that makes tutors proud of the service that they provide. The methods and analysis of this study are intended to inform other researchers so that they may conduct further research into the efficacy of writing center talk.


    Foreword by Isabelle Thompson

    Chapter 1: The UWS Writing Center in Place and Time

    Chapter 2: Practice Based in Research

    Chapter 3: A Mixed-Method Approach

    Chapter 4: Volubility, Variation, and Most Frequent Words

    Chapter 5: Tutors’ Keywords

    Chapter 6: Student Writers’ Keywords

    Chapter 7: Lexical Bundles in Tutors’ and Student Writers’ Talk

    Chapter 8: Student Writers’ Very Long Turns-at-Talk

    Chapter 9: Changes in the Aboutness of Talk at the UWS Writing Center


    Appendix A: Glossary

    Appendix B: 2017 Interview Questions

    Appendix C: Mackiewicz and Thompson (2015) Coding Scheme for Tutoring Strategies

    Appendix D: Letters for Participant Recruitment

    Appendix E: Consent Forms and Data Release Form

    Appendix F: Demographic Information Sheets

    Appendix G: 2017 Training Syllabus

    Appendix H: 2017 Consultant Observation Form

    Appendix I: Excerpts from the 2017 ESL Training Schedule


    Jo Mackiewicz is Professor of Rhetoric and Professional Communication and Co-Director of the Advanced Communication Program at Iowa State University, USA. She is the author of The Aboutness of Writing Center Talk and co-author, with Isabelle Thompson, of Talk about Writing.