ERIC Number: ED239278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Dialogue: The Key to Professionalism in Technical Communication.
Sims, R. L.
The key to producing professional quality documents is the dialogue between writers and editors. Such a dialogue should include six major components: genuineness, accurate empathetic understanding, unconditional positive regard, presentness, a spirit of mutual equality, and a supportive psychological climate. Such an atmosphere was created at one research laboratory by an editor who made every editorial change open to discussion with the writer. After reviewing the document alone, the editor met with the author. Together they worked their way through the manuscript, spending as much or as little time on each item as the writer preferred. In this way the editor learned which aspects of the editing concerned each author and the authors learned which items the editor consistently changed and so adjusted their manuscripts accordingly. The editor also learned to distinguish between changes that were necessary and those based on personal preference. Such an experience illustrates the mutual respect found in dialogic relationships. (HOD)
Descriptors: Authors, Cooperation, Editing, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship, Participative Decision Making, Professional Development, Research Reports, Technical Writing, Writing for Publication
Not available separately; see CS 208 075.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Editors; Technical Communication