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Lerner, Neal – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
The use of visual representation to learn science can be traced to Louis Agassiz, Harvard Professor of Zoology, in the mid-19th century. In Agassiz's approach, students were to study nature through carefully observing, drawing and then thinking about what the observations might add up to. However, implementation of Agassiz's student-centered…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Science Education, Science Instruction, Visual Learning
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Matveeva, Natalia – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
This research article investigates new developments in the representation of the intercultural component in textbooks for a service technical writing course. Through textual analysis, using quantitative and qualitative techniques, I report discourse analysis of 15 technical writing textbooks published during 1993-2006. The theoretical and…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Textbooks, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Pluralism
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Connatser, Bradford R. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
A common aphorism in the halls of education is that the writing skills of Americans decline over time. Compared to the "golden age of letters," so the argument goes, each subsequent generation of writers is worse than the last. Although contemporary readers and educators commiserate over encounters with bad writing, a fair comparison of 18th…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Communication Problems, Writing Improvement, United States History
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Cozijn, Reinier; Maes, Alfons; Schackman, Didie; Ummelen, Nicole – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
In this article, we present a usability experiment in which participants were asked to make intensive use of information on an intranet in order to execute job-related tasks. Participants had to work with one of two versions of an intranet: one with an organization-based hyperlink structure, and one with a task-based hyperlink structure.…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Internet, Usability, Experiments
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Van Woerkum, C. M. J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
The aim of this article is to show that a better awareness of the relationship between written and spoken communication can help the writer to improve his/her effectiveness. The focus will be on written texts that precede (formal and informal) discussions. The analysis will start with a description of the differences between orality and literacy.…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Literacy, Creativity, Writing Instruction
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Barker, Randolph T.; Stowers, Robert H. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
The purpose of this article is to evaluate value-add methods and activities applied to organizational communication college-level course work. Graduate organizational communication faculty are aware that their classes serve as direct preparation for students entering business and professional careers. The knowledge learned and the skills acquired…
Descriptors: Business Administration Education, Graduate Students, Teaching Methods, Relevance (Education)
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Thayer, Alexander; Evans, Mary; McBride, Alicia; Queen, Matt; Spyridakis, Jan – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
Content analysis is a powerful empirical method for analyzing text, a method that technical communicators can use on the job and in their research. Content analysis can expose hidden connections among concepts, reveal relationships among ideas that initially seem unconnected, and inform the decision-making processes associated with many technical…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Communication Research, Content Analysis, Misconceptions
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Northcut, Kathryn M. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2007
Andrew Feenberg's critical theory of technology is an underutilized, relatively unknown resource in technical communication which could be exploited not only for its potential clarification of large social issues that involve our discipline, but also specifically toward the development of a critical theory of illustrations. Applications of…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Critical Theory, Intellectual Disciplines, Visual Literacy
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Amare, Nicole – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
This study analyzes the performance and attitudes of technical writing students in PowerPoint-enhanced and in non-PowerPoint lectures. Four classes of upper-level undergraduates (n = 84) at a mid-sized, Southern university taking a one-semester technical writing course were surveyed at the beginning and end of the course about their perceptions of…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Lecture Method, Educational Technology, Multimedia Instruction
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Taylor, Summer Smith; Patton, Martha D. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
Previous research has indicated that engineering faculty do not follow best practices when commenting on students' technical writing. However, it is unclear whether the faculty prefer to comment in these ineffective ways, or whether they prefer more effective practices but simply do not enact them. This study adapts a well known study of response…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Civil Engineering, Feedback (Response), Grading
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Moore, Patrick – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
One way to resolve some of the conflict in English studies and technical communication over their diminishing cultural capital is to recognize the place of instrumental discourse in communication studies. Instrumental discourse is individually verified social agreements to coordinate and control physical actions. One purpose of literary works is…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Technical Writing, Social Influences, Discourse Analysis
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Johnson, Carol Siri – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
Over a period of 10 years, we have developed a sustainable process of online portfolio assessment that demonstrates both reliability and validity, using both qualitative and quantitative measures. The sustainable cycle is that, each semester, we assess a random sampling of the students' work that they have posted, as per our instructions, in an…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Technical Writing, Portfolio Assessment, Validity
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Moore, N. A. J. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
The readability of technical writing, and technical manuals in particular, especially for second language readers, can be noticeably improved by pairing Theme with Given and Rheme with New. This allows for faster processing of text and easier access to the "method of development" of the text. Typical Theme-Rheme patterns are described, and the…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Readability, Guides, Second Language Learning
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Plung, Daniel L. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
The successful communicator is expected to provide communications that are not only complete but also representative of effective thinking (i.e., original). Creating complete and creative communications begins with a disciplined process of discovery--identifying, assessing, prioritizing, and integrating the articulated and embedded purposes.…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Communications, Creative Thinking, Rhetoric
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Fan, Jiang-Ping – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
In this article, the author demonstrates that the semiotic model proposed by Charles Morris enables us to optimize our understanding of technical communication practices and provides a good point of inquiry. To illustrate this point, the author exemplifies the semiotic approaches by scholars in technical communication and elaborates Morris's model…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Semantics, Semiotics, Communication Strategies
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