ERIC Number: EJ859764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
The Two-Semester Thesis Model: Emphasizing Research in Undergraduate Technical Communication Curricula
Ford, Julie Dyke; Bracken, Jennifer L.; Wilson, Gregory D.
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v39 n4 p433-453 2009
This article addresses previous arguments that call for increased emphasis on research in technical communication programs. Focusing on the value of scholarly-based research at the undergraduate level, we present New Mexico Tech's thesis model as an example of helping students develop familiarity with research skills and methods. This two-semester sequence serves as a capstone experience for students' writing, designing, editing, and presentation skills. It also involves members of our corporate advisory board and provides an opportunity to teach students to understand and apply research methods to unique projects, skills we argue will benefit students no matter what environments they enter upon graduation.
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Student Research, Undergraduate Students, Theses, Writing Skills, Research Skills, Curriculum, Research Methodology, Advisory Committees
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico