ERIC Number: ED209684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Technical Communication: Meeting the Needs of Adult Writers.
Rothmel, Steven Zachary
The need for effective communication is reflected in the increased number of privately sponsored technical writing workshops and in the increased demand for business and technical communication courses on campuses. In these learning situations the traditional methods that have been used to teach adolescents how to write become inappropriate. Writing done by professionals in business and industry is a uniquely difficult form of communication that demands conformity to conventions while simultaneously encouraging individuality. The emphasis on the conscious presentation of persona, or public self, distinguishes courses in technical communication from traditional undergraduate composition classes. Ignoring this realistic need to present the self deprives adult writers of the opportunity to develop the rhetorical skills that will permit them to perform successfully in their professional lives. Rhetorical development is impossible without the ability to confront, to interpret, and to evaluate the needs of each situation as it arises. Technical communication is more than simply reporting factual information, and failure to recognize this is a disservice to those who seek to learn the craft and those who teach. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; 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).