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An Evolution from Modernity to Post-Modernity. A History of the Writing Center. Outcomes. You will understand: The history of the writing center in American colleges and universities The major political forces that shaped writing centers

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An evolution from modernity to post modernity

An Evolution from Modernity to Post-Modernity

A History of the Writing Center


Outcomes

Outcomes

  • You will understand:

    • The history of the writing center in American colleges and universities

    • The major political forces that shaped writing centers

    • Modernist versus postmodernist perspectives on writing center work

    • Major issues that have historically affected writing centers


Early history

Early History

  • Writing centers date back to the late 1800s on college and university campuses.

  • Roots in student literary societies

  • Declined in popularity during the mid-20th century

  • Enjoyed a resurgence during the 1970s with open admission policies


Discussion question

Discussion Question

  • Why would open admissions policies at colleges and universities be linked to a resurgence in writing centers?


Historical tensions

Historical Tensions

  • Writing Centers have suffered ongoing misperceptions by students and faculty as “grammar garages”

  • Instructors have viewed Writing Centers with mistrust

  • Students have viewed Writing Centers as a service for remedial students


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