ERIC Number: ED229790
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Editing in Technical Communication: Theory and Practice in Editing Processes at the Graduate Level.
Masse, Roger E.
At New Mexico State University, technical communication teachers have developed a course to teach editing processes to graduate students who take the advanced workshop in technical and professional communication. In this seminar group, students work on writing processes; editing processes; written, edited, and tested products; and oral processes and products. Special consideration is given to M.F. Buehler's levels-of-edit, which include combinations of nine types of editing activity: coordination, policy, integrity, screening, copy clarification, format, mechanical style, language, and substantive. These types are then combined into levels that are used according to the kind of editing needed for publication. Before students engage in editorial dialogues with a writer, they read articles that offer techniques to enable them to talk with, not at, writers. Articles might include those by Mary S. Hageman, Louise M. Vest, and Patrick M. Kelley. The final activity requires the students to conduct research on editing processes and to develop their own theory of editing. After reviewing the literature, students then combine their research with a description of their editing processes. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Mexico State University; Research Papers (Students)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (34th, Detroit, MI, March 17-19, 1983).