Problems with Bruffee: Post-Process Theory and Writing Center Opposition
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As an experienced tutor and writing center administrator, I am familiar with the writing center community’s efforts to gain respect within the academy by establishing an independent, oppositional identity. We contest the notion that centers are supplemental service entities that exist solely to “back up, complement, reinforce, or otherwise be defined by any external curriculum” (North 72). Instead of merely supporting instructors and students in established academic disciplines, we argue that centers challenge academia’s hierarchical pedagogy by providing a social and collaborative learning environment.