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Balling, Laura Winther – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
This article considers text comprehension through the integrated perspectives of language processing research and practical writing advice as expressed in writing guides and language policies. Such guides for instance include advice to use active constructions instead of passives and sentences instead of nominalizations. These recommended and…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Regression (Statistics), Language Processing, Writing (Composition)
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Ding, Daniel D. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
Very few articles exist that document technical communication in Hungary. My Fulbright research reveals two general points: First, technical communication pedagogy stresses correct use of professional terms and phrases in technical translations or technical articles for fictional audiences. Second, it does not emphasize the importance of…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Business Communication, Technical Writing, Corporations
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Kramer-Simpson, Elisabeth – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
This article offers empirical data to explore ways that both industry mentors and academic internship coordinators support student interns in ways that optimize the workplace experience. Rich description of qualitative data from case studies and interviews shows that to optimize the internship, both the industry mentor and the academic internship…
Descriptors: Industry, Mentors, School Business Relationship, Internship Programs
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Welhausen, Candice A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
This article proposes a heuristic that teachers and students can use together to create a vocabulary for discussing the aesthetic aspects of color and typography in document design work. By using this framework, teachers and students can generate a collection of shared "visual topoi" or commonplaces for describing the aesthetic value of…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Heuristics, Vocabulary, Aesthetics
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Mehlenbacher, Brad; Kelly, Ashley Rose; Kampe, Christopher; Kittle Autry, Meagan – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
To investigate how college students understand and use cloud technology for collaborative writing, the authors studied two asynchronous online courses, on science communication and on technical communication. Students worked on a group assignment (3-4 per group) using Google Docs and individually reflected on their experience writing…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Collaborative Writing
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Baake, Ken; Shelton, Jen – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
We argue for a course in which students analyze writing about a common topic--in this case World War I--from multiple genres (e.g., poetry and technical manuals). We address the divide between instruction in pragmatic and literary writing and calls to bridge that gap. Students working in disparate areas of English learn the strengths and the…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Literature, Literary Genres, Literary Criticism
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Kimball, Miles A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
This article uses a historical perspective to describe the development of the profession of technical communication through three ages: Brass, Beige, and Glass. I compare this development to the growth of the academic discipline and both to the explosion of noninstitutional technical communication--the growing body of tactical technical…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Business Communication, Educational History, Communication Skills
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Sánchez, Fernando – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
Design has come to be understood as an essential aspect of the work that technical communicators claim. As a result, research in the field of technical communication has approached studies of design in numerous ways. This article showcases how technical communication researchers assume the roles of observers, testers, critics, creators, and…
Descriptors: Communications, Design, Research, Technical Writing
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Albers, Michael J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
A quantitative research study collects numerical data that must be analyzed to help draw the study's conclusions. Teaching quantitative data analysis is not teaching number crunching, but teaching a way of critical thinking for how to analyze the data. The goal of data analysis is to reveal the underlying patterns, trends, and relationships of a…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Data Analysis, College Curriculum, Graduate Study
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Small, Nancy – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
In an effort to expand the range of ways graduate programs prepare students to be scholars and practitioners in technical and professional communication, this article argues for a fresh direct reengagement with stories, storytelling, and narrative as valuable ways of studying and effectively producing the varied texts of the workplace. The…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Technical Writing, Graduate Study, Courses
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Hannah, Mark A.; Arreguin, Alex – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
Gaining access to interdisciplinary research sites poses unique research challenges to technical and professional communication scholars and practitioners. Drawing on applied experiences in externally funded interdisciplinary research projects and scholarship about interdisciplinary research, this article describes a training protocol for…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Research, Research Projects, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Grant-Davie, Keith; Matheson, Breeanne; Stephens, Eric James – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
This article aims to help doctoral students in technical communication prepare themselves for the academic job market and for the subsequent process of earning tenure and promotion in increasingly demanding environments. The authors propose that students do four things: (a) learn to spot and articulate research problems; (b) find their…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Professional Identity, Technical Writing, Scholarship
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Pantelides, Kate L. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
To address graduate writing pedagogy in technical communication, this article reports on a study of 14 award-winning dissertations in the field. By treating dissertations as cultural artifacts constitutive of the educational contexts in which they are authored, this study reads dissertation methodology sections as research narratives to understand…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Technical Writing, Research Methodology, Doctoral Dissertations
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Turner, Heather Noel; Nguyen, Minh-Tam; Keller, Beth; Sackey, Donnie Johnson; Ridolfo, Jim; Pigg, Stacey; Lauren, Benjamin; Potts, Liza; Hart-Davidson, Bill; Grabill, Jeff – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
This article describes graduate mentorship experiences at the Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) research center at Michigan State University and offers a stance on graduate student mentorship. It describes WIDE's mentorship model as feminist and inclusive and as a means to invite researchers with different backgrounds to engage…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Graduate Students, Research Skills, Research and Development Centers
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Tham, Jason Chew Kit – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2017
As technology continues to become more ubiquitous and touches almost every aspect of the composing process, students and teachers are faced with new means to make writing a multimodal experience. This article embraces the emerging sector of wearable technology, presenting wearable writing strategies that would reimagine composition pedagogy.…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Video Technology
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