ERIC Number: ED202044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
The Composing Process in Technical Communications.
Hertz, Vivienne Lucas
Technical communication teachers need to recognize the increasing diversity of their classroom populations and become more flexible in planning curricula without "watering down" students' expectations to leave the courses more skilled than they were upon entering. Teachers should discuss with students some of their writing barriers and the technical areas in which they are proficient. In one exercise that lets students experience success early in the course, three students volunteer to teach the class something through demonstrations or sets of directions. The writing assignment is for the rest of the class to write a set of directions based on one of the reports for someone who has not heard the presentation. In a group exercise to help students produce coherent, logically developed outlines, each person develops an outline, three of which are then judged by students and defended by the authors. The judges then choose the preferred outlines. Making assignments relevant, allowing students opportunities for creative problem solving, and then planning for ways to offer assistance or to help them move toward increased confidence in their skills are valid objectives for technical writing courses that focus on the writing process. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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).