Writing Center Pedagogy

Writing center pedagogy addresses the individual needs of the student while utilizing various resources such as trained tutors, technology, and collaborative learning. There seems to be a debate among writing centers about addressing the problems students have with reading comprehension. G. Travis Adams in, “The Line that Should Not Be Drawn: Writing Centers as Reading Centered,” uses his own personal experience as a writing center administrator to discuss the problems students face when reading college level texts. As the writing center administrator, Adams’ best tutor posed the question, “What am I supposed to do when a student has an appointment with me and she’s written nothing and has not even done the reading,” (Adams 73). How should tutors help students with reading comprehension questions? Should tutors even help with reading comprehension? Adams argues that tutors in writing centers should have resources available to address such concerns; however, many instructors disagree. To my knowledge, the debate continues…

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