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Wright, David – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2013
Faculty culture and communication networks are pivotal components of technology transfer on university campuses. Universities are focused upon diffusing technology to external clients and upon building structure and support systems to enhance technology transfer. However, engaging faculty members in technology transfer requires an internal…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews, Adoption (Ideas)
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Hirst, Russel – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2013
Many science students believe that scientific writing is most impressive (and most professionally acceptable) when impersonal, dense, complex, and packed with jargon. In particular, they have the idea that legitimate scientific writing must suppress the subjectivity of the human voice. But science students can mature into excellent writers whose…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Workshops, Writing (Composition), College Students
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Whitney, Justin G. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2013
This "essay" (article) is a close and critical look at The 2010 Citizens Clean Elections Voter Education Guide, a document made available to the Arizona public prior to the 2010 state General elections. Though the guide is described as "a nonpartisan, plain-language handbook" by its authors, it can be implicated in the…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Voting, Elections, Guides
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Zhang, Yuejiao – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2013
This article examines the influential Chinese science book "Brush Talks from Dream Brook," written by Shen Kuo in the 11th century. I suggest that "Brush Talks" reveals a tension between institutionalized science and science in the public, and a gap between the making of scientific knowledge and the communication of such…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Writing Strategies, Scientific and Technical Information, Asian History
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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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Cleary, Yvonne; Flammia, Madelyn – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
The self-service nature of today's society means that technical communicators are needed more than ever before since users may find themselves struggling to make sense of online documentation with minimal support from the institutions that provide it. Certain demographics within the user population (older adults, disabled persons, non-native…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Electronic Publishing, Instructional Effectiveness, Communication Skills
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Bacha, Jeffrey A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
This article argues for the establishment of a usability process that incorporates the study of "words" and "word phrases." It demonstrates how semantically mapping a navigational taxonomy can help the developers of digital environments establish a more focused sense of functional meaning for the users of their digital designs.
Descriptors: Semantics, Navigation (Information Systems), Classification, User Needs (Information)
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van Woerkum, Cees – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
How writers can adapt to their readers is an important issue in effective communication strategies, and certainly crucial in the case of functional texts. Therefore, it is necessary to look at how readers are constructed as partners in a communication co-production. This article explores the concept of the "active reader," which is getting more…
Descriptors: Communication Strategies, Authors, Reader Response, Classification
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Tatzl, Dietmar; Hassler, Wolfgang; Messnarz, Bernd; Fluhr, Holger – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
The present article describes and evaluates collaborative interdisciplinary group projects initiated by content lecturers and an English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) instructor for the purpose of teaching technical writing skills in an aeronautical engineering degree program. The proposed technical writing model is assessed against the results of a…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technical Writing, Writing Skills, Collaborative Writing
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Wang, Junhua; Wang, Hua – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
Recent scholarship on global online courses points to the need to examine the issue of social context in an online global learning environment. To explore global learners' cultural perspectives on the social climate of an online class, we first review the social presence theory--which can be used to examine the social climate in an online…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Internet, Information Technology, Global Approach
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Rauch, Susan – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
Although scholars have acknowledged technical texts written during the Middle-Ages, there is no mention of "technical writer" as a profession except for Geoffrey Chaucer, and historically absent is the accreditation of medieval female writers who pioneered the field of medical-technical communication. In an era dominated by identifiable medieval…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Business Communication, History, Females
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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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Jones, Natasha; McDavid, Justin; Derthick, Katie; Dowell, Randy; Spyridakis, Jan – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
Several government agencies are seeking quality improvement in environmental policy documents by asking for the implementation of Plain Language (PL) guidelines. Our mixed-methods research examines whether the application of certain PL guidelines affects the comprehension and perceptions of readers of environmental policy documents. Results show…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Reading Comprehension, Policy, Environmental Standards
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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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Gigante, Maria E. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2012
The International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, recently established by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is an alleged attempt at public outreach. The NSF encourages scientists to submit visualizations that would appeal to non-expert audiences by displaying their work in an annual "special feature" in "Science" magazine,…
Descriptors: Competition, Visualization, Scientists, Science Education
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