ERIC Number: ED204789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Teaching Graphics in Technical Communication Classes.
Spurgeon, Kristene C.
Perhaps because the United States is undergoing a video revolution, perhaps because of its increasing sales of goods to non-English speaking markets where graphics can help explain the products, perhaps because of the decreasing communication skills of the work force, graphic aids are becoming more and more widely used and more and more important. Students in technical communication classes can become aware of graphics through illustrations found in annual reports of major companies, through multiple overlays on the overhead projector, and through graphic artists from the community. Students should become familiar with tables, line graphs, bar graphs, pie graphs, organization and flow charts, photographs, and drawings. Too, students should be encouraged to use graphics in their definition and process papers and in their major technical reports. In this way students can leave the class with an appreciation for the value of graphics and an understanding of how to adapt graphics to different audiences and different purposes and how to integrate them into the text. (Six technical writing assignments that call for the use of graphic aids are appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: 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).