Tutor Education

Tutors: Please follow the links below to access material.  While the first section, "RWU Tutor Documents" focuses more on the mechanics of tutoring in a writing center, the second section, "Articles," provides a crucial foundation for the philosophical bases of tutoring. 

RWU Tutor Documents

Articles

Please go to your Bridges account and access the required reading at the Writing Center Tutors site.  If you do not see that site in Bridges, please contact Karen. The articles for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 are listed below and are all available in Bridges. 

Fall 2017
Articles on Talking in the Writing Center (the more talking the better!)

  • REQUIRED: "The Idea of a Writing Center," by Stephen M. North. From The St. Martin's Sourcebook for Writing Tutors, 4th ed., eds. Christina Murphy and Steve Sherwood.  Published by Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011. Pages 44-58.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges.
  • REQUIRED: "Power and Authority in Peer Tutoring," by Peter Carino. From The Center Will Hold: Critical Perspectives on Writing Center Scholarship, eds. Michael A. Pemberton and Joyce Kinkead. Published by Utah State University Press, 2003. Pages 96-113. USED WITH PERMISSION OF AUTHOR.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges.
  • REQUIRED: "Collaboration, Control, and the Idea of a Writing Center," by Andrea Lunsford. From The St. Martin's Sourcebook for Writing Tutors, 4th ed., eds. Christina Murphy and Steve Sherwood.  Published by Bedford/St. Martin's, 2011.  Pages 70-77.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges. 
  • REQUIRED: “Review of Talk about Writing: The Tutoring Strategies of Experienced Writing Center Tutors by Jo Mackiewicz and Isabelle Kramer Thompson" by Ben Rafoth.  From WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, Vol. 40.1-2, Sept./Oct. 2015.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges. 
  • REQUIRED:Talk about Writing: The Tutoring Strategies of Experienced Writing Center Tutors by Jo Mackiewicz and Isabelle Kramer Thompson, Chapters 1 & 2.  Published by Routledge, 2015. Please find the chapters listed separately in the Resources folder on Bridges.

Articles on New Practices & Approaches (Fall continued)

  • REQUIRED: “The ‘Standard English’ Fairy Tale: A Rhetorical Analysis of Racist Pedagogies and Commonplace Assumptions about Language Diversity,” by Laura Greenfield.  From Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, ed. by Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan. Published by Utah State University Press, 2011. Pages 33-60. Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges. 
  • REQUIRED: “Should Writers Use They Own English?” by Vershawn Ashanti Young.  From Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, ed. by Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan. Published by Utah State University Press, 2011. Pages 61-72. Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges. 
  • REQUIRED: "Retheorizing Writing Center Work to Transform a System of Advantage Based on Race," by Nancy M. Grimm.  From Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, ed. by Laura Greenfield and Karen Rowan. Published by Utah State University Press, 2011. Pages 75-100. Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges. 
  • REQUIRED: Facing the Center: Toward an Identity Politics of One-To-One Mentoring by Harry Denny.  Published by Utah State University Press; 2010. Please find selected chapters in the Resources folder on Bridges. (Ch. 1: “Introduction: Identity Politics, Face, and the Pedagogy of One-to-one Mentoring of Writing”; Ch. 2: “Facing Race & Ethnicity in the Writing Center”; Ch. 3: “Facing Class in the Writing Center.”)

Spring 2018:
Articles on New Approaches

  • REQUIRED: "Developing Sound Tutor Training for Online Writing Centers: Creating Productive Peer Reviewers," by Lee-Ann M. Kastman Breuch and Sam J. Racine.  From Computers and Composition, 17, 2000, pp. 245-263.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges.  
  • REQUIRED: "Listening in/to the Writing Center: Backchannel and Gaze" by Tracy Santa.  From WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, Vol. 40:9-10, May/June 2016, pp. 2-9.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges.

Articles on ESL Tutoring

  • REQUIRED: "Reassessing the 'Proofreading Trap': ESL Tutoring and Writing Instruction," by Sharon A. Myers.  From The Writing Center Journal, Vol. 24, No. 1, Fall/Winter 2003, pp. 51-70.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges. 
  • REQUIRED: "Learning from Interaction," by Ben Rafoth.  From Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2015, pp. 40-73. Please find this chapter in the Resources folder on Bridges.

Article on the Impact of Being a Tutor

  • REQUIRED: “What They Take with Them: Findings from the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project,” by Bradley Hughes, Paula Gillespie and Harvey Kail.  From The Writing Center Journal, Vol. 30, No. 2 (Fall 2010), pp. 12-46.  Please find this article in the Resources folder on Bridges. 

A final word:
In "The Idea of a Writing Center," North remarks on the "heritage" of the writing center: "it stretches back farther than the late 1960s or the early 1970s, or to Iowa in the 1930s--back, in fact, to Athens, where in a busy marketplace a tutor called Socrates set up the same kind of shop: open to all comers, no fees charged, offering, on whatever subject a visitor might propose, a continuous dialectic that is, finally, its own end" (446).