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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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Wang, Junhua – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
In the field of business and technical communication, scholars have called for research on dealing with cultural conflict for a long time. But the limited study on dealing with cultural conflicts, along with the current political context in the United States, calls for efforts to systematically address diversity issues and cultural conflict in our…
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Cultural Differences, Models, Business Communication
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Meng, Michael; Steinhardt, Stephanie; Schubert, Andreas – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
The success of an application programming interface (API) crucially depends on how well its documentation meets the information needs of software developers. Previous research suggests that these information needs have not been sufficiently understood. This article presents the results of a series of semistructured interviews and a follow-up…
Descriptors: Programming, Computer Interfaces, Documentation, Computer Software
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Melton, James; Miller, Robert; Salmona, Michelle – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
Technical and professional communication instruction is well suited to helping students develop digital literacy but must be informed by research regarding how students are using specific social media platforms, particularly the propensity to post content that could damage their career capital. This study examined this question for students in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Undergraduate Students, Social Media
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Kramer-Simpson, Elisabeth – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
Documenting and characterizing interactions between student interns and their mentors in the workplace offers perspective on student learning and enculturation that can help us introduce these ways of learning to students in the technical communication classroom, even before the internship. Three student intern conversations in the internship…
Descriptors: Internship Programs, Mentors, Feedback (Response), Discourse Analysis
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Gigante, Maria E. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
This essay expands Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's concept of argumentation by model to bring more attention to the persuasive effects of using the self as a model. To illuminate this technique, I analyze the personal narratives of popular health coaches, who are championing a holistic health movement toward what I refer to as "do-it-yourself…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Personal Narratives, Models, Rhetoric
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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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Pickering, Kristin – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
This article applies identity construction concepts to a professional and technical communication student intern's use of agency as she negotiates a unique identity for herself within a state legislature. Following a literature review, the author highlights several of the intern's key efforts to become part of this new governmental and legal…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Self Concept, State Legislation, Work Environment
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Blackburne, Brian D.; Nardone, Carroll Ferguson – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2018
This research explores a presumed link between today's use of digital media and an ever-increasing lack of rhetorical awareness in students. Specifically, the study pilots a method for measuring rhetorical awareness through students' e-mail transactions with faculty in technical writing service courses, questioning whether rhetorical awareness has…
Descriptors: College Students, Electronic Mail, Social Media, Rhetoric
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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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