Peripheral Visions for Writing Centers
Publication Year: 2013
McKinney argues that this grand narrative neglects the extent to which writing center work is theoretically and pedagogically complex, with ever-changing work and conditions, and results in a straitjacket for writing center scholars, practitioners, students, and outsiders alike. Peripheral Visions for Writing Centers makes the case for a broader narrative of writing center work that recognizes and theorizes the various spaces of writing center labor, allows for professionalization of administrators, and sees tutoring as just one way to perform writing center work.
McKinney explores possibilities that lie outside the grand narrative, allowing scholars and practitioners to open the field to a fuller, richer, and more realistic representation of their material labor and intellectual work.
Published by: Utah State University Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I’d be remiss not to acknowledge all of the support and encouragement
that helped turn a blurry vision into the book you now read.
First of all, I acknowledge my deep gratitude for the administrators, tutors, and writers who I’ve come to know working in three different writ-ing centers over the last two decades. ...
1. Introduction: Cognitive Dissonance
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Since many writing center directors are also faculty, days may also be full of teaching tasks: reading, lesson planning, syllabus writing, conferences, going to class, grading, responding to emails, as well as ..
2. Story Vision
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Before considering how writing center narratives shape writing center identities and work, I want to lay out my theoretical approach. Some readers may be familiar with narrative theory, perhaps in how it was ...
3. Writing Centers Are Cozy Homes
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Every story needs a setting, a place for the action to happen. Part of what distinguishes writing center work from composition more generally is the site; writing can happen anywhere, but writing center work ...
4. Writing Centers Are Iconoclastic
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I don’t think it is outside the realm of possibility that someone will eventually set a TV series or movie on a college campus with a character who works at a writing center. For years, characters have worked for the ...
5. Writing Centers Tutor (All Students)
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Some years ago at the writing center I was directing, we offered instant messaging (IM). This was before Facebook had chatting capabilities and before unlimited texting plans, so many undergraduate students used ...
6. Conclusion: The End of the Story or the End of the Center?
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As a lover of stories, I like to ask students to write stories. In first-year composition, I often assign a family story essay. In this assignment, I ask students to tell their readers a story that is part of family lore, a story ...
Appendix: Survey Results
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About the Author
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Jackie Grutsch McKinney is associate professor of rhetoric and composition at Ball State University. She has published articles in several edited collections, The Writing Center Journal, Writing Lab Newsletter, Praxis, and WPA: The Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. She is currently working on a collaborative case study project of new writ-...
Page Count: 174
Publication Year: 2013