ERIC Number: ED461895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Certifying Technical Communicators in the 21st Century.
McDowell, Earl E.
During the 1980s, meetings were held throughout the United States to discuss certification for technical communicators. Discussions were guided by a series of questions regarding the educational requirements and professional duties of technical communicators. In January 1983 the STC (Scientific and Technical Communication) Board authorized the Committee on Certification to survey the opinions of employers of technical communicators. In 1985, the certification questionnaire was sent to all 7300 members. In 2001, 40 undergraduate and graduate STC students responded to two of the survey questions. In the 1985 study, 1250 responses were analyzed, while 40 questionnaires were analyzed for the STC students. Survey results indicate that STC students should administer certificate programs in scientific and technical communication. In fact, 83% of the respondents agreed with this, and 95% said they would apply for the program. Over 75% of technical communication students believe they should receive certification by completing a BS in technical communication, and 63% believe that tests should be developed in different communication areas. Sample questionnaire is attached. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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