Grounded in current writing center theory and practice, The Allyn & Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring provides students with a comprehensive introduction to effective tutoring.
Throughout the text, readers hear the voices of tutors and writers in first-person peer tutor accounts, reflective essays, and transcripts from actual sessions. Within each chapter, techniques, models, and exercises provide instruction appropriate for any level of tutoring.
- Stresses a practical approach to training that is informed by current writing center theory.
- Features first-person accounts and reflective essays by peer tutors that motivate students to learn by observation while heightening their interest.
- Provides actual transcripts of tutoring sessions, demonstrating the reality of tutoring and offering topics for discussion.
- Suggests concrete methods, techniques, and writing activities for students to use in their own tutoring.
- Addresses specialized topics including ESL writers, tutoring online, and tutoring in WAC programs, so that students may tailor the guide to their specific needs.
New to this Edition
- New Chapter 11, “Writing Center Foundations,” provides background on writing center history, theory, and practice suitable for undergraduates and graduate students interested in learning about the larger contexts for writing center work.
- New Chapter 12, “Interdisciplinary and On-line Tutoring,” explores the concepts behind writing-to-learn and equips tutors with specific strategies for working with students (whether face-to-face or online) from a wide variety of academic disciplines.
- Expanded section on asking good questions (in Ch. 3) helps trainees make good decisions about minimalist tutoring.
- Expanded section on writing center issues (Ch. 13) provides additional scenarios for trainees to discuss with their instructors or directors.
- An expanded and updated list of recommended readings includes related texts that have appeared in the last several years as well as a comprehensive list of dissertations that have been written on the subject of writing centers.
Table of Contents
About the Authors.
1. Why We Tutor.
2. The Writing Process.
3. The Tutoring Process.
4. Examining Expectations.
5. Observing in the Writing Center.
6. Tutoring Practice.
7. Reflecting on the First Session.
8. Reading in the Writing Center.
9. Working with ESL Writers
10. Writing Center Research
11. Writing Center Foundations
12. Interdisciplinary and On-line Tutoring
13. What if...
List of Works Cited.