From Sue Dinitz and Jean Kiedaisch, University of Vermont

March 11th, 2010 by Brad Hughes Leave a reply »
Sue Dinitz (l) and Jean Kiedaisch, with Ron Maxwell

Sue Dinitz (l) and Jean Kiedaisch, with Ron Maxwell

From the moment we heard about the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project, we felt the University of Vermont Writing Center would be an excellent site for contributing to this research.  Our Writing Center has been run by the same co-directors since the year after it opened (1982), and so we have a personal connection to the over three hundred tutors who have worked here.  We sent out the survey in the summer of 2007 and think we reached about 200 of our 300 former tutors (up through 2005).  Over 130 tutors eventually returned the survey.  At the 2008 International Writing Centers Association Conference, we reported on what tutors saw as the importance of peer tutoring in three areas:  their college experience, their development as writers, and their careers.  We further explored this aspect of the surveys in an article in The Writing Lab Newsletter (“Tutoring Writing as Career Development,” 34.3, November 2009, pp. 1-5), where we analyze what specific abilities and skills tutors felt they gained from tutoring, the range of career paths tutors followed, and how the abilities and skills developed through tutoring were instrumental to tutors’   success in a wide range of careers.
–Sue Dinitz and Jean Kiedaisch


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