ERIC Number: EJ1079915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Eleanor McElwee and the Formation of IEEE PCS
Malone, Edward A.
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v45 n2 p104-133 Apr 2015
This article examines the historical professional project that created the Institute of Radio Engineers' Professional Group on Engineering Writing an Speech (IRE PGEWS)--now called the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Professional Communication Society (IEEE PCS)--and recounts the group's early history in detail. It also traces the career and recovers the professional contributions of the main organizer of PGEWS: Eleanor M. McElwee (1924-2008). The formation of PGEWS in 1957 was an intraoccupational strategy of inclusionary usurpation by "publications people" seeking to elevate their status within the engineering profession rather than attempting to build a separate profession of technical communication.
Descriptors: Engineering, History, Profiles, Professional Occupations, Professional Personnel, Females, Writing (Composition), Editing, Communications, Technical Writing, Standards, Communication Skills, Careers, Telecommunications
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