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McCann, Thomas M.

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of English


Rhetoric; Communication; Writing centers; Rhetoric--Study and teaching (Higher)--Research; Tutors and tutoring; Interpersonal relations--Research


This thesis is focused on writing center training methods and the ideologies transmitted through training to new writing tutors. It examines the effect of the working relationship among writing centers and the other writing programs on their campuses on training. This examination found that while the closeness of these working relationships did not affect training methodology, it was related to the ideologies emphasized during training. Specifically, writing centers with close working relationships with other campus writing programs emphasized non-directive tutoring in training less often than writing centers with distant or no working relationships. Furthermore, the importance of tutors' interpersonal skills were emphasized across the writing centers surveyed, suggesting that these skills are universally valued by writing centers. Ultimately, the results of this research suggest that writing centers value flexibility in their tutors, in their training methods, and in their positions within their home institutions.


Advisors: Thomas McCann.||Committee members: Philip Eubanks; Gail Jacky.


60 pages




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