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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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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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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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Wang, Junhua – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2013
Scholars in business and technical communication have continuously made efforts to look for effective teaching approaches for cross-cultural business and technical communication; however, little research has been conducted to study the process by which students develop intercultural competence; fewer studies have been conducted to assess learners'…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Intercultural Communication, Technical Writing, Global Approach
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Williams, Miriam F. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
The author uses game theoretical models to identify technical communication breakdowns encountered during the notoriously confusing Texas Two-Step voting and caucusing process. Specifically, the author uses narrative theory and game theory to highlight areas where caucus participants needed instructions to better understand the rules of the game…
Descriptors: Game Theory, Models, Identification, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Bourelle, Tiffany – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
Service-learning projects and traditional internships both prepare the student of technical communication for the workforce in many ways. What is lacking in the scholarship is a discussion of how to successfully link these two ideas. To help teachers implement courses that bridge the gap between service-learning projects and internships, I discuss…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Assignments, Technical Writing, Socialization
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Grabinska, Teresa; Zielinska, Dorota – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2010
The authors examine language from the perspective of models of empirical sciences, which discipline studies the relationship between reality, models, and formalisms. Such a perspective allows one to notice that linguistics approached within the classical framework share a number of problems with other experimental sciences studied initially…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Sciences, Language Research, Theory Practice Relationship
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Schafer, Robert – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2009
A significant problem for practitioners of technical communication is to gain the skills to compete in a global, multicultural work environment. Instructors of technical communication can provide future practitioners with the tools to compete and excel in this global environment by introducing heuristics of cultural dimensions into the…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Business Communication, Heuristics, Work Environment
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Barker, Randolph T.; Zifcak, Lisa – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1999
Discusses gender-difference and gender-sameness theory in workplace communication. Presents an integrated paradigm of gender as only one of many contextually-based factors that characterize an organization's patterns. Critiques the gender-difference and gender-integrated paradigms with five criteria for theory effectiveness and provides an example…
Descriptors: Communication Research, Evaluation Criteria, Higher Education, Interpersonal Communication
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Johnson, Gerald J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1991
Examines some essential paradigms of computer science. Points out some broad characteristics of computer discourse and analyzes typical passages. Shows how these characteristics of computer discourse are driven by deeper patterns of thought. (SR)
Descriptors: Computers, Discourse Analysis, Higher Education, Metaphors
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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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Longo, Bernadette – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1995
Explores how ideas of harmony and coercion play out in metaphors of community. Suggests four dimensions as continua along which communities could be described: choice/chance, time/space, abstract/concrete, and affinity/proximity. Concludes that breaking up the clearly bounded, either/or approach to modeling community can better accommodate the…
Descriptors: Ambiguity, Communication (Thought Transfer), Community, Metaphors
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Connatser, Bradford R. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1997
Examines the phenomenon of "silent speech" (unconsciously translating what is read into a speechlike code to create meaning) based upon research of cognitive psychologists and psycholinguists. Develops a phonological model of reading based on this research; applies the model to technical communication--use of punctuation and pronouns,…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Inner Speech (Subvocal), Models, Phonology
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Schillaci, William C. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1996
States that universities and engineering firms do not generally train engineers in business technical writing, although firms benefit from having engineers who can write clear descriptions of their work. Suggests a program to promote writing skills of engineers and engineering students with limited English skills that involves clear, logical lists…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineers, Models, Professional Training
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Zielinska, Dorota – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1997
Points out that formalization of cognitive grammar is difficult to achieve within the present formulation of the grammar. Introduces a modification that will allow modeling the process of similarity. Suggests using analogical modeling. Indicates some consequences of the proposition for the practice of communication. (PA)
Descriptors: Audience Analysis, Language Usage, Models, Technical Writing
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