ERIC Number: EJ916048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
Legitimizing Technical Communication in English Departments: Carolyn Miller's "Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing"
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v36 n2 p167-182 2006
Carolyn Miller's oft-cited "Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing," published in 1979, tries to give technical communication faculty more cultural capital in English departments controlled by literature professors. Miller replaces a positivistic emphasis in technical communication pedagogy with rhetoric. She shows how technical knowledge is produced by individual activity and social affirmation and not by objective descriptions of sensory impressions. Her "Rationale" is an attempt to change institutional and discursive structures by persuading literature professors that technical communication can have as much distinction in the academy as literature.
Descriptors: Technical Writing, English Departments, Cultural Capital, Intellectual Disciplines, Rhetoric, Literature, College Instruction, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Philosophy, Discourse Analysis, Humanism
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