ERIC Number: ED199709
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Technical Writing Practically Unified through Industry.
Houston, Linda S.
Two technical writing courses at a two-year agricultural college were designed to meet the individualized needs of students in various agricultural studies in the animal industries, horticulture, agricultural business, and agricultural mechanics. Offering a technical writing program based upon the writing tasks of the students' intended occupations required consultation with advisory committees of the various agricultural programs. These committees, composed of eight to fifteen people in actual industry positions and farm operations, provided over 200 responses and comments on what they considered necessary in the English courses at an agricultural college. This feedback resulted in the revision of the existing technical writing course and the creation of a second writing course with additional emphasis on business letter writing. Students in these technical writing courses write business letters specific to their field of agricultural study (at times with suggestions from their agricultural studies advisors), prepare seven types of research reports, and develop specific communication skills for meetings, telephone calls, newsletters and brochures, advertising and news articles, interviews, and communication among workers. (Appendixes provide course outlines, course syllabi, and samples of assignments.) (RL)
Descriptors: Agricultural Colleges, Agricultural Education, Business Communication, Business Correspondence, Course Content, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, English Curriculum, Individualized Instruction, Integrated Curriculum, Technical Writing, Two Year Colleges, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).