ERIC Number: ED199763
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
The State of Technical Writing.
Pearsall, Thomas E.
The number of college students in technical writing classes has grown at least tenfold since 1969. This dramatic increase has occurred partly because of the practicality and power inherent in technical writing and partly because of the increased need for technical writing skills by people in today's change workforce. As developed countries shift from being industrial societies to being information societies, the efficient and effective transfer of information becomes a necessity. The increased need for technical writing skills also comes at a time when, paradoxically, literacy is more needed and less apparent in young people. Based on these observations, it appears that technical writing has broadened in scope to the point that it may be interchangeable with James Britton's term"transactional writing." The dramatic development of technical writing as a discipline of study also offers many opportunities for technical writing teachers, including their increased community involvement and their organization of college majors and minors in the study of technical writing. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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