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WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM AND THE ROLE OF THE WRITING CENTER Dani Weber University of Pittsburg at Bradford
“I suspect that ideas only agree to step out of the shadows when you take the time to write them down. Writing isn’t a record of your thinking, it is your thinking.” –William Germano
Two core objectives Improve students’ writing skills Improve students’ critical thinking skills Organize Analyze Synthesize Evaluate Reflect
Entering the conversation Collaborative learning Harnesses the “powerful educative force of peer influence…[largely] ignored…by traditional forms of education” (Bruffee). Social construction of knowledge in “interpretive communities” (Fish) re the acquisition of “normal” discourse Benefits both tutees and tutors
The new normal “As a form of collaborative learning, peer tutoring is important because it provides the kind of social context in which normal discourse occurs: a community of knowledgeable peers. This is the main goal of peer tutoring.” --Kenneth Bruffee
What the Writing Center does not do: Edit Proofread “Fix” the paper Focus solely on the writing rather than the writer Write the paper for (or with) the student
What the Writing Center does do: Interpret assignments Translate for students between communities, genres, and professors Map academic territories tutors themselves have traversed and explored Serve as liaison between diverse discourse communities on campus Maintain a strong feedback loop between students, faculty, tutors, and the WC Promote and support writing across the curriculum in myriad ways
Areas of expertise y C O N T E N T x RHETORICAL EXPERTISE
CORE STRATEGIES Provide in-class or in-center intros Offer workshops on diverse writing topics as needs arise Communicate regularly with faculty across the curriculum to identify writing-specific needs or concerns Build a strong cohort of tutors from diverse academic disciplines
Possible approaches Provide Roundtable discussions, e.g. on effectively using writing as a teaching tool in-class tutoring demos in-class mentoring/shadowing small-group tutoring for specific writing assignments guest lectures on writing assignments by WC consultants Ensure students have access to needed resources
Sample topics for students APA, MLA, Chicago / Evaluating sources / Using online citation generators Reading and interpreting assignments Writing process: reading, pre-writing, writing, revision Organization, thesis Conventions of genre, considerations of audience Proofreading and editing Writing craft, e.g. effective transitions, style, tone Writing the Capstone
Sample topics for faculty across the curriculum Recognizing and addressing plagiarism Incorporating formal and informal writing into assignments (and why this is important) improving student writing (and how we can help) getting students started on a writing assignment evaluating/assessing student writing creating an effective rubric communicating discipline-specific expectations of style
Tools for the Toolbox Fishbowl Peer Review Floating thesis Function outline... as needs arise.
Works Cited Bruffee, Kenneth. “Peer Tutoring and the ‘Conversation of Mankind.’” The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing Center Theory and Practice. Eds. Robert W. Barnett and Jacob S. Blumner. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2001. Germano, William. From Dissertation to Book. Chicago: U of C Press, 2005.