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Writing Center Talk over Time
A Mixed-Method Study





ISBN 9781138603028
Published June 22, 2018 by Routledge
256 Pages

 
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments



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



References



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

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Biography

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.

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Professor of Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Iowa State University
Ames, IA, United States

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