ERIC Number: ED254867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Using the Document Design Approach in Consulting.
To persuade adult audiences in business and industry of the need for change in the writing, the consultant must first know precisely what changes are desirable. One source for this information is the Document Design Project funded by the National Institute of Education, conducted by scholars from a variety of disciplines, and supported by government and business. The project's text, "Writing in the Professions," presents models for the following concepts the consultant needs to address: (1) writing as a process; (2) planning, especially analysis of readers, purpose, and readers' task; (3) organizing a document; (4) using principles of clear language; and (5) revising and editing. The text also contains a checklist for clear writing, to help writers edit the language of a document. Writers on the job can use these checklists both for self-review and for reviewing others' writing. Consultants are fortunate to have available the work of the Document Design Project to use as a guide in designing courses, as an authority in persuading trainees to want to change, and as a source for practical, workable methods and materials that can be adapted to particular audiences. (Among the items contained in the appendixes are checklists for prewriting and indexing a document, an example of setting the context, organizing principles, and guidelines for writing clearly.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Audience Awareness; Consultant Role; Document Design Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (36th, Minneapolis, MN, March 21-23, 1985).