MAWCA 2015: Sharing of Academic Disciplines in the Writing Center

  • need more objective evaluations in this field
  • self-selection bias of who is and isn’t choosing to participate
    • embedding tutors in course can be one approach to gather a more diverse participate pool
    • embedded tutors can also see the larger values of the faculty member, as expressed in course content, grades, etc
  • other variables to consider
    • instructor, time of class, writing training in high school, interest in writing
  • pre/post methodology important to measure baseline and impact effect
  • used in a study of cortisol levels (as measured in spit) of tutors
    • found that the cortisol levels went down after completing¬†tutoring sessions in comparison to before
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