Writing Tutors Present Research at National Conference

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 12:45pm

In March, the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Writing Center proudly sent a tutoring staff duo to the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Indianapolis, Ind. The tutors, Rachel Durrant and Georgianna Collins, were two of just a handful of undergraduates who presented their work at the prestigious national conference. The conference is primarily attended by professors and writing program administrators from colleges and universities around the country.

Durrant and Collins presented their work with using Multiple Intelligence Theory in writing center consultations. Their work investigates the relationship between the ways a student learns and how that can be used in targeted tutoring strategies.

The research done by Durrant and Collins is completely original and has never been approached in a higher education setting. The presentation went so well, that Durrant and Collins were encouraged to submit a proposal to present further developments in their research at next year’s conference.

“The impact of this study could be monumental,” says CWI Writing Center Coordinator, Rick Coonrod. “It will be interesting to see how this will change the way we approach the tutoring of writing at CWI.”