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White, Kate; Rumsey, Suzanne Kesler; Amidon, Stevens – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2016
This article reexamines the treatment of gender and feminism in technical, business, and workplace writing studies--areas in which the three of us teach. Surprisingly, the published discourse of our field seems to implicitly minimize the gendered nature of business and technical writing workplaces and classrooms. To understand this apparent lack…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Gender Differences, Feminism, Technical Writing
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Kohn, Liberty – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2015
This article analyzes literature on university-workplace partnerships and professional writing pedagogy to suggest best practices for workplace mentors to mentor new employees and their writing. The article suggests that new employees often experience cultural confusion due to (a) the transfer of education-based writing strategies and (b) the…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Mentors, Workplace Learning, Writing Instruction
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Zemliansky, Pavel; St. Amant, Kirk – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2013
Over the last 2 decades, the nations that once comprised the Soviet Union have begun to play an increasingly important role in the global economy. As a result, today's technical and professional communicators could find themselves interacting with co-workers, colleagues, and clients in these nations. Being successful in such contexts, however,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technical Writing, Literature Reviews, Educational Practices
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Cripps, Michael J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2011
Single sourcing through a content management system (CMS) is altering technical communication practices in many organizations, including institutions of higher education. Open source software (OSS) solutions are currently among the most popular content management platforms adopted by colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Public Colleges, Case Studies, Open Source Technology
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Crow, Angela – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Presents an overview of cognitive psychology research on the effects of aging on literacy and suggests the additional complications facing older adults who consume and produce text within the frame of technology, particularly, on-line usage. Gives suggestions of possible ways of addressing concerns regarding aging. (SG)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Communication Research, Computer Anxiety, Higher Education
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Lord, Heather L. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Examines literature written about annual reports to identify trends in research and determine areas of future study. Categorizes articles as related to regulations and guidelines, summary annual reports, online annual reports, rhetorical analysis of annual reports, readability and accessibility of annual reports, methods of conveying negative…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Business Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education
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Brasseur, Lee – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2001
Argues that current approaches to computer graphing practices are ill suited to meet the complex needs of real users. Offers an overview of work in two major areas of graphing theory and research: the sociology of science and the educational research of mathematics and scientific students. Suggests what technical communicators can do to improve…
Descriptors: Computer Graphics, Computer Software, Computer Software Development, Graphs
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Carlson, Patricia A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2001
Examines three sought-after Instructional Technology Outcomes (increased productivity, managed change, and enhanced human abilities) concluding that much of IT falls short through impoverished implementation planning and blind faith in technology to solve problems. Discusses four areas of opportunity. Argues that these factors may culminate in…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Technology
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Crafton, Robert E.; Kido, Elissa – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2000
Considers the potential importance of brain study for composition instruction, briefly describes functional imaging techniques, and reviews the findings of recent brain-mapping studies investigating the neurocognitive systems involved in language function. Presents a review of the recent literature and considers the possible implications of this…
Descriptors: Brain, Cognitive Processes, Higher Education, Language Skills
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Schadewitz, Hannu J.; Blevins, Dallas R. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1997
Reviews the data collection process--process is crucial because data offer empirical answers to theoretical research questions. Finds that, although the literature provides much instruction on the treatment of collected data, far less has been written about the selection of the data. Focuses on this overlooked portion of research methodology. (PA)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Literature Reviews, Research Methodology, Scholarship
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Williams, Thomas R.; Butterfield, Earl C. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1992
Reviews previous research on advance organizers (introductory text adjuncts intended to provide readers of expository text with a meaningful context within which to process unfamiliar, or difficult, new information). Shows that they inspire significant comprehension increases among readers whose prior knowledge "subsumers" are inadequate to…
Descriptors: Advance Organizers, Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Prior Learning
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Flynt, John P. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1994
Claims that the development process for computer software can be greatly aided by the writers of specifications if they employ basic iteration and prototyping techniques. Asserts that computer software configuration management practices provide ready models for iteration and prototyping. (HB)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Computer Software, Computer Software Development, Higher Education
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Markel, Mike – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1990
Surveys and critiques what has been written about style checkers and text-editing capabilities of the computer to assist in revising technical writing. Finds the literature inconclusive largely because it is anecdotal and methodologically flawed. Suggests a new research agenda and focus. (KEH)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Editing, Higher Education, Literature Reviews
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van Hees, Maartje M. W. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1996
Investigates gerontological research literature to discover what is known about age deficiencies in cognitive processes which might adversely influence instructional text processing. Maintains that, on the basis of findings, tentative guidelines could be given on designing such manuals. Proposes follow-up research to gather more knowledge on the…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Cognitive Processes, Educational Gerontology, Guides
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Dayton, David – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1998
Reviews discussions of online editing in technical communication literature. Discusses calls for emulating handwritten mark-up and author queries electronically. Discusses studies of online reading and composition whose results suggest that the materiality of hard-copy editing may contribute to inherent advantages over online emulations. Urges an…
Descriptors: Editing, Online Systems, Technical Writing, Technology Integration
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