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ERIC Number: ED155695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Research as Preparation: Determining the Instructional Needs of the Two-Year Student.
Skelton, Terry
In view of the need for technical communications training in vocational curricula in two-year colleges, a study was made to determine instructional need among graduates of such training now in the workplace. The study sought answers to the following four questions: what sort of communication tasks are assigned to middle level employees; do these employees respond to these tasks orally or in writing; to what audience do such employees communicate; and what kinds of writing concerns are involved in the employees' communication. A questionnaire was mailed to 692 graduates of three community colleges in southeastern Michigan, to which 257 responses were made (37% response rate). Results indicate that requests for data are the communication tasks most frequently assigned, with almost half of the respondents also being asked for progress reports and suggestions. Face-to-face communication is the most common form of response, but job-related writing is also significant (instructions, reports, letters, and manuals). Among the suggestions made regarding the objectives and design of technical writing courses was the simulation of on-the-job writing tasks in course assignments. Graphs of experimental data are included. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)