ERIC Number: ED204788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
"Technical" Writing vs. Technical "Writing."
Dillingham, J. W.
Technical writers must have a working knowledge of technology in order to rearrange material others provide, but they do not have the expertise needed to originate materials; that is the job of the technical author. Another job function is that of technical editor--a person who can write, can perform the policy making tasks of an editor, and who has a working knowledge of technology. The greatest need in industry is for technical authors and technical editors. There are, however, few college programs that are training students for these jobs. Industry has been providing that training for years, but until recently colleges were not providing usable preparation, including the study of hueristics, audience analysis, communication theory and rhetoric theory. Advisory panels should be formed that include representatives from both industry and the universities to become more aware of the problems and constrains. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion 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).