ERIC Number: ED245246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Technical Writing, Revision, and Language Communities.
Petersen, Bruce T.
To examine the writing process of personnel who write as part of their jobs and the relation of that process to the context in which they worked, a study was undertaken in a major corporation. Its aim was to research a model for teaching technical writing students that would bridge the gap between the classroom and the probable writing situations these students will encounter upon leaving the university. Data were gathered through attitude protocol analysis and interviews. Results showed that writing, reading, speaking, and listening played nearly equal roles in communication, and that language was a motivating activity for a community with specific common aims and purposes. In contrast, it was noted that students are often taught the least important aspects of technical writing. Solutions offered include developing cross-curriculum writing in specialty areas and creating motivated language communities in composition and literature classes. (CRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; 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 (35th, New York City, NY, March 29-31, 1984).