ERIC Number: ED239259
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Analysis of the Technical Writing Profession through the DACUM Process.
Nolan, Timothy; Green, Marc
To help develop a curriculum program for technical writers, Cincinnati Technical College used the Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) method to produce a technical writing skills profile. DACUM develops an occupation analysis through a modified brainstorming process by a panel of expert workers under the direction of a qualified coordinator. This culminates in a graphic chart of the skills that workers must display to demonstrate competence. During a two-day workshop, the DACUM panel at Cincinnati Technical College identified 13 general areas of competency with 130 individual tasks. The first two areas of competency dealt with basic entry level skills: the ability to demonstrate technical expertise or aptitude and writing proficiency. The remaining 11 competencies included (1) planning the project, (2) coordinating the project, (3) researching the project, (4) organizing the information, (5) writing the project copy, (6) planning the illustrations, (7) conducting the project review, (8) producing the document, (9) performing administrative functions, (10) continuing professional growth, and (11) training and supervising employees. In addition to these competencies, the DACUM process generated three possible instructional methods for training the technical writer/editor: case study, role play/simulation, and internship. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley Business and Technical Writing Teachers' Roundtable (Oxford, OH, October 9-10, 1983).