Are We Really Student-Centered? Reconsidering the Nature of Student "Need"

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2013

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Sloan, Philip J.

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Writing centers stand resolutely as the very embodiment of student-centered learning, dedicated – unflinchingly – to Stephen North’s enduring “idea:” that “writers, and not necessarily their texts, are what get changed by instruction” (“Idea” 438). Indeed, the “concept of a writing center” explicated on the IWCA website positions the student in the center of our world: “Each student’s individual needs are the focus of the tutorial” (Harris). One would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the writing center community who disagrees with this statement. The writing center is widely regarded as “the ultimate point-of-need pedagogical scene” (Boquet and Lerner 174).

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