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Lawrence, Heidi Y.; Lussos, Rachael G.; Clark, Jessica A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2019
Proposals are ubiquitous documents with challenges beyond the writing task itself, such as project management, strategic development, and research. Reporting on proposal instruction research in other fields and the results of an interview study with proposal writers, this article argues for a shift in how proposals are taught and conceptualized.…
Descriptors: Proposal Writing, Teaching Methods, Technical Writing, Rhetoric
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Tanner, Lindsay; Balzotti, Jon – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2019
The small amount of work on workplace writing assessment has focused almost entirely on student readiness for professional writing or included case studies of employer expectations for new writers. While these studies provide insight into current pedagogies for technical writing and writing instruction in general, the main conclusion to be drawn…
Descriptors: Work Environment, Writing Evaluation, Case Studies, Technical Writing
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Phillips, Stephanie – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2019
The release of genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys is part of a public health initiative to limit the spread of infectious disease. The local debate over this proposed action provides a current case study of a public, scientific controversy in which citizens and officials disagree about what is best for the community. The case…
Descriptors: Genetics, Entomology, Public Health, Case Studies
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Sánchez, Fernando – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2019
Oral presentations are a common genre in technical and business communication courses. While it is important for students to develop a professional ethos when presenting information, in this article I argue that textbooks' discussion of professional dress and voice privilege cisgendered bodies and erase the differences and bodily experiences that…
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Student Rights, Public Speaking, Clothing
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Meloncon, Lisa; St. Amant, Kirk – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2019
This article presents an examination of research methods used in empirical research over a 5-year period in technical and professional communication. This examination reveals that the most common methods used are surveys, interviews, usability tests, observations, and focus groups. In addition, the field does incorporate research categories of…
Descriptors: Communication Research, Research Methodology, Periodicals, Sustainability
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Wang, Junhua – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2019
In the field of intercultural business and technical communication, intercultural communication has been a regular topic in curriculum for decades; various teaching approaches exist for developing students' cultural awareness and helping them achieve a theoretical understanding about the concept of culture, cultural differences, and cultural…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, Business Communication, Teaching Methods, Cultural Awareness
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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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