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Hartley, James – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Compares the response rates for obtaining journal reprints from colleagues when the requests are made using postcards with or without a self-addressed return label. Notes that higher response rates were obtained from the cards with the self-addressed return labels, and more women responded than did men, but these differences were not statistically…
Descriptors: Communication Research, Higher Education, Reaction Time, Responses
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Battalio, John T. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Describes the influence that Extensible Markup Language (XML) will have on the software documentation process and subsequently on the curricula of advanced undergraduate and master's programs in technical communication. Recommends how curricula of advanced undergraduate and master's programs in technical communication ought to change in order to…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Computer Software Development, Curriculum Development, Higher Education
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Warren, Thomas L. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Discusses the cultural elements in developing a technical manual. Shows, through a comparison of two mythical cultures, how the manual will differ when organized for those two cultures. Considers the influences of culture on developing technical documents, specifically manuals. Concludes that the attitudes of a culture are significant factors in…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Guides
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Hamilton, Margaret – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Uses Chaim Perelman's theories of argumentation to examine a recent Institute of Medicine report, "Promoting Health: Intervention Strategies from Social and Behavioral Research" (2000). Notes that it focuses on social, economic, behavioral, and political health as a means of assuring population health--and thereby expands the…
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Higher Education, Rhetoric, Social Influences
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Ding, Daniel D. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Claims that two social values in science--falsifiability of scientific theories and cooperation among scientists--determine use of passives in scientific communication. Concludes that educators must help science students understand how the social values in science are embodied in scientific passives and help them gain insights into how scientists…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Higher Education, Language Usage, Scientific Enterprise
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Sapienza, Filipp – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Describes XML, a recent Web design language that will enable technical communicators to produce documentation that can reuse information and present it across multiple types of media for diverse audiences. Argues that XML requires more interdisciplinary approaches toward the teaching and research of technical communication, particularly with…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Programming, Rhetoric, Technical Writing
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Praetorius, Pete – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Argues that technical communicators are in the position to foster users' commonsense understanding of products. Discusses different definitions of common sense and suggests that including scenarios, common metaphors, and language that promotes procedural knowledge in product information can strengthen users' commonsense understanding of the…
Descriptors: Consumer Education, Higher Education, Metaphors, Technical Writing
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Luescher, Andreas – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Argues that the portfolio deserves at very least a re-evaluation throughout academic (to say nothing of quotidian) life as an indispensable tool of the spirit of pedagogy. Suggests that Portfolio Process as a class or seminar should be integrated into undergraduate curriculum. Notes that the goal of the course is to link technical design education…
Descriptors: Business Education, Curriculum Development, Heuristics, Higher Education
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Gellis, Mark – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Discusses some of the relationships between rhetoric and the concepts of leadership and the "polis" (the active assembly of citizens empowered to discuss and make public policy). Argues that the study of leadership belongs in composition, rhetoric, and communication and that scholars and teachers are more than justified in studying…
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Higher Education, Leadership, Leadership Training
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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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Di Renzo, Anthony – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Gathers some of Sir Francis Bacon's educational ideas from his various writings and applies them to the five stages of undergraduate professional and technical writing program development: planning, implementation, mission, design and development, staffing, and administration. (SG)
Descriptors: English Departments, Higher Education, Humanities, Professional Development
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Myers, Marshall – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Argues the infinitive phrase has not been taken seriously in writing because writers have been too concerned with Bishop Robert Lowth's proscription against the split infinitive. Notes that examination of three types of technical prose (instructions, annual reports, and "junk mail") reveals that more than one sentence in four contains an…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Grammar, Higher Education, Language Usage
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Dombrowski, Paul M. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Outlines Willard Van Orman Quine's theory of language in the generation of empirical knowledge, gleaned from two works from his voluminous ouvre. Draws connections between Quine's theory and that of Richard Rorty, the American pragmatist philosopher. Sketches how this theoretical perspective can be applied in the technical communication classroom…
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Constructivism (Learning), Higher Education, Language Usage
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Faber, Brenton; Bekins, Linn; Karis, Bill – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2002
Investigates methods of program assessment used by corporate learning sites and profiles value added methods as a way to both construct and evaluate academic programs in technical communication. Examines and critiques assessment methods from corporate training environments including methods employed by corporate universities and value added…
Descriptors: Corporate Education, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Program Evaluation
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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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