Electronic Writing Centers: Computing the Field of Composition

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 146 pages
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This book describes the emerging practice of e-mail tutoring; one-to-one correspondence between college students and writing tutors conducted over electronic mail. It reviews the history of Composition Studies, paying special attention to those ways in which writing centers and computers and composition have been previously hailed within a narrative of functional literacy and quick-fix solutions. The author suggests a new methodology for tutoring, and a new mandate for the writing center: a strong connection between the rhythms of extended, asynchronous writing and dialogic literacy. The electronic writing center can become a site for informed resistance to functional literacy.

 

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Contents

Tutors and Computers in Composition Studies
1
Email Tutoring and Dialogic Literacy
27
The Medium is Not the Message
59
The Idea of an Electronic Writing Center
89
Computing the Field of Composition
111

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DAVID COOGAN is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology, He teaches courses in writing, the rhetoric of technology,technical communications, and poetry. His work has appeared in the journal, Computers and Composition and the anthology Wiring the Writing Center. His current research explores the intersection between rhetorical theory, technical communications, and technological change.