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ERIC Number: ED244278
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Organizing, Concerns and Control Numbers.
Washington, Gene
A heuristic procedure can be used to teach organizational skills to students of technical writing. Designed to allow students on their own to explore ways that numbers can be used to give a definite shape to technical information, its central feature is a matrix composed of a series of control numbers (horizontal axis) and organizing concerns (vertical axis). By making a correlation between a number and a concern, the student can generate a question about how to organize information. The function of the control number is the conscious use of something very familiar to give shape to an organizing concern. The concern is known through the number in much the same way as any person or thing is known through its name or location. Also a control number resembles a "halting" routine in a computer program. It tells the user when to stop doing what he or she has been doing or, alternatively, that all the instructions for accomplishing the task in question have been assembled. The concerns are those items that give structure to a text and include such items as segmentation, rhetorical contract, recoding, redundancy, defining criteria, salience, and special concerns (self-reference, noncontradiction, cohesion, graphics, and scope). When using the matrix, one can always add new concerns, substitute new ones for old ones, or experiment with different kinds of correlations. The matrix can be used to write an individual report, prepare a group project, or give an oral presentation. It can also be used as a visual aid in all these assignments. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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