ERIC Number: ED216373
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Survey of Technical Report Writing Needs in the Greensboro, NC Area.
Crabtree, Elizabeth C.
To determine the technical writing needs of employers in the Greensboro (North Carolina) area, a questionnaire was sent to 262 members of the Chambers of Commerce in the region that employed 100 or more people. The response rate was 30%. Responses showed manufacturing to be the predominant industry in the area. Approximately two-thirds of the respondents indicated that letter and memorandum writing occurred at their companies, with the remaining one-third indicating their companies required the writing of bids and proposals, annual reports, informal notes, minutes of meetings, and manuals. Responses to other questions showed that most of the companies depended on their regular staff members to do their own writing; that most companies did not have enough writing to justify hiring somebody to do it or that their regular staff members would prefer to do their own writing. When asked what kinds of writing a technical writer would have to do at a given company, the most common response was "reports that had been 'roughed out' by other people," followed closely by "reports for which they would do some of the necessary research." Questions concerning the educational background of a technical writer indicated a wide range of qualifications. The opinion seemed to be that technical writing is a skill used to augment other skills, not a separate skill. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina (Greensboro)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).