Research Project: Brief Proposal

19 Feb

After observing in the Writing Center, I thought it would be interesting to learn more about the role gender plays during tutoring sessions. I hope to find the impact gender has on both the tutor and the tutee if any at all.

In class on Thursday, post-session write-ups were mentioned as being available for research purposes upon request. I plan to request the notes to see if there is any clues, data, or other information that could be helpful in my gender role research.

Historical data will be another resource that could prove fruitful for this research. It could offer a basis in which to compare any current data and note possible changes.

Finally, Scott suggested the idea for me to send surveys to other university writing centers to see if gender has any impact within their programs.  I will need to create these survey questions and send them out as soon as possible to give the universities time to respond and incorporate their data into my research paper.


Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Research Project: Brief Proposal

  1. rmazima

    February 23, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Hi CaSondra–as we discussed, I’d do some looking around and see if you can find out enough demographic info online about a number of writing centers (although the drawback is that you’d be going off of assumptions based on name/appearance, rather than letting consultants self-identify). Oh wait! I think there’s info about gender in the Writing Centers Research Project (here: Definitely under “Initial Results” there’s data for “Women as staff members” or something like that; not sure about previous years, but you could look. And like I said, I think some observational data from our center that you collect yourself would be useful and interesting.

    • CaSondra Poulsen

      February 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Ok. This looks like a great place to start. Thank you for your help.


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