ERIC Number: ED199722
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Technical Snobbery Versus Clear Communicating.
Ransone, R. K.
Jargon, when used properly, defines precisely and concisely the concepts peculiar to a profession. Within a profession, it meets the criteria for clear, brief, specific communication. When used outside that profession, however, it tries to impress rather than to express. Engineers and other professionals need to be taught when--and when not--to use jargon. Engineering students must be made aware that their products will be information, not aircraft, spaceships, engines, or suspension bridges. Engineering students can be taught to communicate technical ideas effectively through a joint course coordinated between the English and the various technical departments. This course could include participation by specially trained technical communication specialists from the English department working with the technical instructors. Course content should be tailored not to the technical student in the classroom, but to the ultimate user of the information developed by the technologist. Such a definition expands the criteria to include effective communication with businesspersons, lay groups, media, politicians, and citizens' groups. The basic objective should be technical communication--a job not finished until the student has communicated accurately with the reader or listener. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).