ERIC Number: ED239282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Are Academia and Industry Thinking Alike: Does the Right Hand Know What the Left Hand Is Doing?
Keedy, Hugh F.
Many companies feel that the communication skills of newly graduated employees are inadequate. As a result, they try to improve employee communication skills by either encouraging extension type courses, establishing inhouse instruction, or retraining consultants to give individual tutoring or group workshops. While each of these approaches is effective to a point, none is a cure-all. Though well aware that graduates should be useful to employers, academia is often hindered in its efforts to improve student communication skills. Academia and industry can help each other reduce communication problems, however, with (1) summer work opportunities in which faculty learn of company needs while helping employees improve their writing, (2) more technical communication texts with examples of actual business communication situations, (3) instructional modules on teaching writing to technical students, (4) industry initiatives providing students with opportunities to develop or revise documents, (5) faculty development programs on helping students "learn how to cope", and (6) consortia of industrial firms and academic institutions to identify the firms' communication needs and determine how they can be met, through education or training avenues. (HOD)
Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Cooperative Planning, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Industry, Job Skills, Occupational Information, Program Development, Relevance (Education), School Business Relationship, Technical Writing, Writing Difficulties
Not available separately; see CS 208 075.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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