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Lindsay Stoyka ACF Abstract FY12

"Bad at Writing: How Writing Consultants Support Student Writers Through Self-Efficacy"

Conference Name: 2011 National Conference for Peer Tutoring in Writing

Inevitably, writing consultants and professors will at some point be approached by a student who self-identifies as bad at writing. When a student voices reluctance or opposition to the writing process, the relationship between student and consultant is immediately altered. The consultant is placed in an uncomfortable position of power and viewed as an expert rather than a peer. This not only alters the dynamic of the consultation, but also the students response to advice. One lens through which to examine this difficult situation is that of self-efficacyones perception of his or her ability based on various factors. In this presentation, well examine what self-efficacy is and how its determined. Well also present results of our primary and secondary research on how self-efficacy influences writing ability and the dynamics of a consultation. Finally, well discuss consulting strategies that can help writers build self-efficacy. Attendees will be encouraged to share their own writing center practices that support and apply self-efficacy theory. By approaching consultations with these researched strategies, consultants and professors can foster self-efficacy in students and create stronger writers.