Bridging Quantitative Analysis with Qualitative Experience: Two Concerns Working Together for a More Comprehensive Perspective
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Designing quantitative studies sensitive to everyday, qualitative writing-center work allows writing center directors to develop policies based on patterns in student responses. People who work in writing centers are drawn to the profession for qualitative reasons: they like to read, they enjoy working with language, and they want to help students become better writers. Good tutors evaluate which practices work best with each student and analyze what they as tutors could have done better. As important and qualitative as an individual tutor’s conclusions are, they comprise only one perspective in a writing center. However, as a writing center administrator, I believe it is also important for writing center professionals to embrace quantitative analysis, because these measures can provide both a comprehensive view and sharper perspective of the students we serve.