Teaching One-to-One: The Writing Conference

  • writing center, Teaching strategies, Student Writing, collaboration, community

by Muriel Harris
Digitized by Colorado State University

CoverThis groundbreaking book offers advice for teachers new to conferencing, experienced teachers seeking to refine or expand their approaches to conferencing, and tutors working in writing centers. Since it was published in 1986, it has become one of the most widely cited books on conferencing. Harris offers a theoretical framework for conference teaching, descriptions of activities typical of and central to writing conferences, advice on diagnostic strategies for individualized instruction, and instructional strategies. Discussions in the book borrow from a wide range of fields, including counseling and therapy, cognitive science, anthropology, and education. In appendices, she includes a set of teaching materials that can be useful in tutor and teacher training.

Table of Contents

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Front Matter and Table of Contents


Chapter 1. A Rationale for One-to-One Teaching

Chapter 2. Shapes and Purposes of the Conference

Chapter 3. Conference Activities

Chapter 4. Diagnosis for Teaching One-to-One

Chapter 5. Strategies for Teaching One-to-One


Appendix A: Conference Excerpts

Appendix B: Practice

Publication Information: Harris, Muriel. (2015). Teaching One-to-One: The Writing Conference. The WAC Clearinghouse. https://wac.colostate.edu/books/landmarks/harris/ (Originally published in 1986 by National Council of Teachers of English)

Publication Date: July 31, 2015

Contact Information:
Email: harrism@purdue.edu

Landmark Publications in Writing Studies

Series Editor: Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University


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