ERIC Number: EJ917843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
The Skills that Technical Communicators Need: An Investigation of Technical Communication Graduates, Managers, and Curricula
Whiteside, Aimee L.
Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, v33 n4 p303-318 2003
This study examines the skills that recent technical communication graduates and managers believe technical communication students need before entering business and industry as new technical communicators. Through questionnaires and interviews with recent graduates and managers of technical communication departments as well as an analysis of the participating schools' curricula, this study suggests areas where technical communication may need more preparation, including business operations, project management, problem-solving skills, and scientific and technical knowledge. Further research is needed at local, state, and national levels to analyze technical communication undergraduate curricula along with responses from recent graduates of technical communication programs and managers of technical communication programs. Only through continued research can we ensure that future technical communicators receive an education that eases their transition into the world of business and industry.
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Industry, College Graduates, Undergraduate Study, College Curriculum, Administrators, Business, Education Work Relationship, Relevance (Education), Research Needs, Writing Instruction, College Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Organizational Communication, Interviews, Communication Skills, Followup Studies, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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