Keyboard collaborations : a case study of power and computers in writing center tutoring

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dc.contributor.advisor Grutsch McKinney, Jackie en_US Buck, Amber M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:40:47Z 2011-06-03T19:40:47Z 2005 en_US 2005
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2005 .B83 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis presents a case study of one tutor in two tutoring sessions using electronic drafts in the Ball State Writing Center, focusing on the sessions' power dynamics. Writing centers have developed nondirective tutoring pedagogies in order to help tutors navigate the power dynamics of sessions with paper drafts. While these pedagogies have recently been adapted for tutoring online, attention has not yet been focused on face-to-face sessions using a computer. Using conversational, textual, and user interface analysis, this study provides thick descriptions of the power dynamics of each tutoring session, analyzing the interactions between tutor, student and computer. The descriptions of both sessions show them to be vastly unique and complex, undermining strict dichotomies between directive and nondirective tutoring. The use of the computer reflects the overall dynamics of each tutorial and raises questions about the ways in which tutors and students prefer to use computers in tutoring sessions.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 130 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Peer teaching -- Case studies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Writing centers -- Case studies. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh English language -- Rhetoric -- Computer-assisted instruction -- Case studies. en_US
dc.title Keyboard collaborations : a case study of power and computers in writing center tutoring en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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