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Dorpenyo, Isidore Kafui – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2015
This article analyzes a proposal submitted to a funding unit in Michigan Technological University by a PhD Forestry student. A rhetorical-cultural approach of the text provides evidence to argue that scientific writing is rooted in a cultural practice that valorizes certain kinds of thought, practices, rituals, and symbols; that a scientist's work…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Forestry, Cultural Influences, Scientists
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Jeyaraj, Joseph – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2014
While Engineering values direct communication, indirect communication produces a kind of literacy salient for engineers that direct communication may not offer in the way indirect communication does. This article emphasizes the inadequacies of overly emphasizing direct communication for Engineering majors and explains how teaching indirect…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Engineering Education, Majors (Students), Communication (Thought Transfer)
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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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Bokor, Michael Jarvis Kwadzo – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2011
This article explores how the English language contributes to cross-boundary communication failure and establishes that there is an "English language problem" that has not been adequately addressed in preparing United States native English-speaking students for international technical communication tasks. For example, U.S. technical communication…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Audience Analysis, Computer Software, Guides
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Dinolfo, John; Heifferon, Barbara; Temesvari, Lesly A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
This pilot study obtained baseline information on verbal and visual rhetorics to teach microscopy techniques to college biology majors. We presented cell images to students in cell biology and biology writing classes and then asked them to identify textual, verbal, and visual cues that support microscopy learning. Survey responses suggest that…
Descriptors: Cues, Rhetoric, Cytology, Biology