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Title:A snowball in Africa with a chance of flourishing: Writing Centres as shifters of power in a South African university
Author:Nichols, Pam
Periodical:Current Writing: Text and Reception in Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:literary education
Abstract:Writing Centres seemed a good idea when the author began teaching in the English Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1995. In particular black students, who are likely to fail in disproportionate numbers because they have not yet fully acquired the language or the culture dominant in the university, could benefit from these centres. Writing Centres can be a force to change the dominant language and culture, and they do so firstly by shifting authority. In this article the author considers where and how power shifts through the practice of a Writing Centre. She looks firstly at how power shifts towards and within the consultants as a group, then how power is transferred within the consultation, and, finally, how the idea can snowball, attract and gather power. Bibliogr., notes, ref.