Date of Completion
Honors College Thesis
Community Development and Applied Economics
Type of Thesis
Instructional Communication, Affinity Seeking, peer tutoring, instructional development, writing center, gender
This study applied the instructional communication concept of affinity seeking to one-on-one peer tutoring sessions. Using content analysis of video recorded tutoring sessions, this study found that tutors most frequently use five affinity seeking strategies: Self Concept Confirmation, Nonverbal Immediacy, Assume Control, Personal Autonomy, and Listening. These strategies differ from those used by teachers and graduate teaching assistants. Differences in tutor affinity-seeking strategies were identified based on gender, especially in sessions with male tutees. Addressing these contextual and gender differences will provide opportunities for improved tutor training and practice.
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Brimlow, Allie G. and Heiss, Sarah N., "Affinity Seeking in the Writing Center: An Analysis of One-on-One Tutoring Sessions" (2015). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 68.