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ERIC Number: EJ1079931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-2816
The Scientist, Philosopher, and Rhetorician: The Three Dimensions of Technical Communication and Technology
Garrison, Kevin
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v44 n4 p359-380 Oct 2014
Technical communication's attempt to prioritize theories of scholarship and pedagogy has resulted in several authors contributing a three-dimensional framework to approach technology: the instrumental perspective, the critical humanist perspective, and the user-centered perspective [1-3]. This article traces connections between this framework for technical communication and the philosophies of Michel de Certeau [4] and Andrew Feenberg [5], suggesting that the primary connection is a turn toward "rhetoric" as a mediator between scientific and philosophical communication. The article concludes that the current paradigm for understanding technology can be best understood by exploring three conjoined, yet competing, mentalities between a scientific, philosophical, and rhetorical worldview. While this three-dimensional approach provides a strong foundation for technical communication pedagogy and scholarship, it should continue to be re-examined for potential anomalies as the field continues to develop an identity.
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Language: English
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