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Imagining a Writing Centre for Meeting Student Needs

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posted on 2021-10-13, 21:40 authored by Jyoti RainaJyoti Raina

This research is an exploratory study of pre-service teacher education students need for learning support in writing. The participants were 81 student-teachers enrolled for a Bachelor’s of Elementary Education (B.El.Ed.) degree programme at Department of Elementary Education at University of Delhi. The study was data-driven as the need was explored by administering a questionnaire to student-teacher participants. The focus was on gathering empirical data on what their perceived writing needs were and how these could be addressed. The participant responses overwhelmingly articulated a gap between their writing skills and the writing demands of their curriculum. The need for creating a writing centre (henceforth WC) aimed at learning support for writing was reported while also explicating the nature of support that students seek. The findings demonstrate necessity, benefits and wide-ranging value of establishment of a WC at undergraduate institutions of teacher education. This is a pressing student need that begs the attention of educational administrators, policy-makers and higher education faculty in the global south.


No funding of any type was received for this research.


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Lead author country

  • India

Lead author job role

  • Higher Education Faculty 4-yr College

Lead author institution

Gargi College( University of Delhi), Siri Fort Road, New Delhi, India.

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  • No

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Standard ethics of research were followed in undertaking the research.

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