ERIC Number: ED185590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Who Is Qualified to Teach Business Writing and Technical Writing?
Evans, William H.
To determine the teaching philosophy, the academic and professional background, and the teaching methods most valued by experienced teachers of business writing and technical writing, a study was conducted that involved a search of relevant professional literature and an analysis of questionnaire responses from 24 experienced professionals. Those responding to the questionnaire included five directors of college programs, seven college teachers, and 12 writing teachers employed full time in business or industry. The results showed that, while acknowledging the benefit of a broad, liberal education, most professionals placed a higher value on pragmatic thinking, objectivity, logical thinking, and on writing free of ambiguity. They also valued a strong background in science, technology, and an understanding of the organizational methods and problems of business and industry. In addition, they valued knowledge and skill in language and composition, especially coursework in business writing and technical writing, and they valued teaching methods that worked quickly and efficiently. A supervised internship in business or industry--especially one that emphasized writing and teaching writing--was considered the most valuable kind of professional training. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).