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Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. New York: Longman, 2000. Print.

The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice discusses the occasional misuse of seminal, somewhat prescriptive sources like the source above (Gillespie and Lerner). While their book is no doubt a seminal work in the WC field, along with the 2nd edition of this book, they sometimes are used so much as tutor training materials that tutors often see the practice in these book as the golden rules. Certainly, certain rules will not fit every situation, and Gillespie and Lerner note at the beginning of their book that not all situations will fit into a neat little box with a simple solution. They do, however, recommend some of the most commonly accepted practices like "ask leading questions" and "read out loud"-- the authors of The Everyday Writing Center: A Community of Practice write that "when this sort of handoff occurs, these mindsets may actually discourage tutors from admitting or even noticing that on-the-ground practices contradict implicit or explicit writing center 'policy'" (21). The entire aim of the book I'm reviewing is to shake up common, expected WC practices and instead focus on the everyday occurrences (problems we sweep under the rug, ESL students, racism, accepted policy that goes unquestioned, etc) by using Etienne Wenger's theory about communities of practice, utilizing learning theory in the WC, and other theories.

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