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Yohon, Teresa; Zimmerman, Don – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
Universities and colleges are investing millions of dollars in information technology infrastructure to support teaching, research, and service, and thousands of dollars annually in faculty training programs. And yet, many college graduates entering the workforce lack adequate technology skills. To ascertain the frequency of faculty adoption of…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Information Technology, Educational Technology, Sciences
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Moore, Patrick – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
Carolyn Miller's oft-cited "Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing," published in 1979, tries to give technical communication faculty more cultural capital in English departments controlled by literature professors. Miller replaces a positivistic emphasis in technical communication pedagogy with rhetoric. She shows how technical knowledge is…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, English Departments, Cultural Capital, Intellectual Disciplines
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Battalio, John T. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
The author has taught a distance education version of the undergraduate technical communication service course at Boise State University since 1997 and shares the strategies he has found to decrease the time instructors spend teaching online, thereby enabling them to use the time they do have to enhance their students' online experience. These…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Distance Education, Teaching Methods, Time Management
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Kimball, Miles A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
In this article, I examine a historical information graphic--Charles Booth's maps of London poverty (1889-1902)--to analyze the cultural basis of ideas of transparency and clarity in information graphics. I argue that Booth's maps derive their rhetorical power from contemporary visual culture as much as from their scientific authority. The visual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rhetoric, Poverty, Maps
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Jensen, Wayne; Fischer, Bruce – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2005
Individual students in two different sections of an undergraduate civil engineering laboratory were tasked with preparing three professional-quality laboratory reports. The teaching assistant and/or instructor used established criteria to grade the first two reports prepared by students in one section. The first two reports prepared by students in…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Peer Evaluation, Laboratories, Grading
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Amare, Nicole; Brammer, Charlotte – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2005
One goal of college technical writing courses is to prepare students for real-world writing situations. Business writing textbooks function similarly, using guidelines, sample assignments, and model documents to help students develop rhetorical strategies to use in the workplace. Students attend class, or read and perform exercises in a textbook,…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Rhetoric, Textbooks, Engineering
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St. Amant, Kirk – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2005
The growth of international online access has given rise to a new production method--international outsourcing--that has important implications for technical communication practices. Successful interactions within international outsourcing require individuals to understand how cultural factors could affect online interactions. Today's technical…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Cultural Influences, Outsourcing, International Trade
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Henson, Darold Leigh – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2005
Creating a community history Web site is a way for technical communication practitioners, students, and teachers to improve their expertise while performing a valuable public service. Developers of this kind of Web site combine personal interest in the history and culture of their chosen communities with professional interest in a wide range of…
Descriptors: Local History, Technical Writing, Citizenship, Public Service
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Thompson, Isabelle – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2004
This article interprets technical communication research about sex differences according to social role theory, which argues that sex differences are enculturated through experiences associated with social positions in the family and the workplace. It reevaluates technical communication research about sex differences in communicative and…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Communication Research, Social Change, Role Theory
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Krohn, Franklin B. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2004
The purpose of this article is to help determine whether the use of emoticons in computer mediated communication (CMC) are truly nonverbal cues. A review of the literature revealed that the traditional nonverbal theorists failed to predict the future employment of nonverbal cues in electronic CMC. A variety of emoticons are then described…
Descriptors: Cues, Business Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Computer Mediated Communication
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Mackiewicz, Jo – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2004
Typeface personality impacts the rhetorical effect of students' documents, yet it receives little attention in textbooks. Technical writing students should stand the definition of "appropriate" in relation to typeface selection, the difference between type's functional and semantic properties, the difference between type family and personality,…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Semantics, Rhetoric, Writing Instruction
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Portewig, Tiffany Craft – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2004
We employ an array of terms to denote the visual; however, we have not yet agreed on a clear framework for understanding the function and relationship between visual concepts. I propose a literacy approach to the visual so that as educators, researchers, students, and practitioners, we acquire more than skills that rely on changing definitions and…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Visual Literacy, Definitions, Vocabulary
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Myers, Marshall – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2004
This article suggests ways of writing a truly effective cover letter, an extremely important document in the search for a job. First, features gleaned from 13 model letters in technical writing textbooks yield figures on the number of words, sentences, and paragraphs per letter, plus the average number of words per sentence and paragraph,…
Descriptors: Sentences, Technical Writing, Textbooks, Form Classes (Languages)
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Fatt, James Poon Teng – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2004
Intellectual Quotient (IQ) has long been considered in education as the deciding factor in a person's success but have we overlooked emotional intelligence (EI) in determining one's success in life? In my attempt to reexamine the acceptance of EI, I studied the difference in EI between different groups of undergraduates in Singapore in terms of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Emotional Intelligence, Technical Education, Intellectual Disciplines
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St. Amant, Kirk – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2003
To improve technical communication education, educators and internship providers need to find ways to revise internship experiences so that educators, internship providers, and students/interns can use internship experiences in a way that benefits all three parties. This article uses a stakeholder education approach to propose two new kinds of…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Student Publications, Stakeholders, School Business Relationship
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