ERIC Number: ED234408
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Self-Monitoring Negative Checklist: Proposal Writing Made Manageable.
Myrsiades, Linda Suny
With regard to proposal and report writing in particular, the Self-Monitoring Negative Checklist (SMNC) offers the potential of finished products that more completely realize the writer's objectives and serve the reader's or user's needs. Presented as a series of 31 warnings of what can go wrong in a proposal, the SMNC represents a mode of outlining that provokes the writer to think more critically and self-defensively about his or her work and to account for the reader's objections long before the reader is led to them. The SMNC assumes four critical acts in designing proposals: defining a problem, developing a methodology, establishing objectives, and justifying the study. The proposal will sell itself if it has established the researcher's credibility and if it delivers what is promised and demonstrates an understanding of the implications and applications of what has been delivered. A self-instructional mechanism, the negative checklist approach offers the benefits of being systematic and of continuously monitoring the process of proposal development. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Outlining; Self Monitoring; Self Monitoring Negative Checklist
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Eastern Regional Conference of the American Business Communication Association (Philadelphia, PA, April 21-22, 1983).