New Directions for Research about Tutor Learning: PWTARP at CCCC 2010

March 29th, 2010 by Brad Hughes Leave a reply »

CCCC2010_pwtarpCCCC2010_pwtarp_audience2During CCCC in March 2010 in Louisville, Paula Gillespie, Harvey Kail, and Brad Hughes presented findings from the PWTARP research project.  We also invited participants in our session to come up with new research questions they’d like to answer through future research about tutor learning.   That lively group (pictured above) came up with many fascinating research questions.  A special thanks to session chair Jon Olson for taking these photos.

Here are some of the research questions that participants in our CCCC session came up with:

  • What else did tutors learn from working in the writing center?
  • What did they learn about other disciplines, or what more did they learn about their own?
  • Does the length of time someone was a writing tutor influence how much they learned?
  • In what ways were tutor alums’ career choices influence or altered by having been a peer writing tutor?
  • How have their writing center experiences complicated or made more difficult their occupations?
  • How did tutors translate tutoring skills to the workplace?
  • How did tutors translate tutoring experience and skills to graduate school, and what differences do they see?
  • What happens to students who don’t succeed as peer tutors?
  • What’s the relationship between parenting and being a peer writing tutor?
  • Do tutors benefit because writers are losing?
  • How do writing center directors/administrators/educators get in tutors’ way?
  • What’s an administrator’s role in a community of practice?
  • Peer tutors can be a self-selected group.  Did peer tutors refine skills they already had before starting a tutor-education course and before starting work as a tutor?
  • Did tutors see their work as scholarly?

And some future research questions Paula Gillespie would like to answer about listening skills:

  • At what stage of your training or work as a tutor did you become aware that your listening skills had developed?
  • How do you use your listening skills in your profession? Would you give an example?
  • Do you use your listening skills in your family or life relationships? How?
  • How did your listening skills affect the students you worked with? Can you give an example?CCCC2010_pwtarp_hkCCCC2010_pwtarp_audience3


Do you have other research questions you’d like to answer about tutor learning? Please share them by adding a comment below. Thanks!

–Brad, Paula, and Harvey


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