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Dr. Patricia Pytleski
Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek
Dr. Amanda Morris
Within the walls of university writing centers, tutors and tutees collaborate. They discuss writing, but even more than that, they communicate about ideas and theories bigger than themselves, all while discovering their identities. Exploration of how tutors define their authority and agency, while also highlighting the importance of tutors’ voices, is necessary for the continuation of writing center studies. Writing center tutors’ roles may be understood by some, but the mental hurdles, the questioning natures, and the care-giver roles they are emersed into need to be further investigated. Through a study conducted at Kutztown University’s Writing Center, tutors were surveyed and interviewed to better understand tutors’ perceptions of their writing authorities and tutoring identities within the subsections of tutor training, tutoring sessions, and tutor stress. Additionally, this study discloses these tutors’ voices through anecdotal qualitative data, thus highlighting tutoring challenges and moments of advocacy and agency within the writing center.
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Washko, Leah, "Amplifying Tutor Voices: A Qualitative Analysis for Improving Writing Center Tutoring Practices and Pedagogy" (2023). English Department Masters Theses. 3.