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ERIC Number: EJ1079892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2816
Using Isocrates to Teach Technical Communication and Civic Engagement
Brizee, Allen
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v45 n2 p134-165 Apr 2015
Building on work by Dubinsky, Haskins, and Simmons and Grabill, this article explains how a technical communication instructor used Isocrates and informal usability testing to help guide a service-learning project involving the One Laptop Per Child XO-1 notebook. For the project, engineering students received feedback from peers and elementary school teachers to determine the feasibility of using the XO-1 with at-risk children aged 6 to 9. Despite initial positive impressions, the service-learning students discovered that the XO-1 was not suitable in this situation. This article discusses Isocratean theory and how his ideas can inform a pedagogy of civic engagement in technical communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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