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Teaching Technical Communication: Critical Issues for the Classroom / Edition 1
     

Teaching Technical Communication: Critical Issues for the Classroom / Edition 1

by James M. Dubinsky
 

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ISBN-10: 0312412045

ISBN-13: 9780312412043

Pub. Date: 03/28/2004

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

An introduction to the field of technical communication, this sourcebook is designed especially for those instructors who are new to teaching the service course.

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An introduction to the field of technical communication, this sourcebook is designed especially for those instructors who are new to teaching the service course.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312412043
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
654
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.35(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

Becoming User-Centered, Reflective Practitioners


Chapter One INTRODUCING THEORETICAL APPROACHES

Introduction


1 A Humanistic Rationale for Technical Writing
CAROLYN R. MILLER

2 Complicating Technology: Interdisciplinary Method, the Burden of Comprehension, and the Ethical Space of the Technical Communicator
ROBERT R. JOHNSON

3 Myths about Instrumental Discourse: A Response to Robert R. Johnson
PATRICK MOORE

4 Johnson Responds
ROBERT R. JOHNSON

Additional Readings


Chapter Two CONSTRUCTING A HISTORY OF THE FIELD


Introduction

5 The Case Against Defining Technical Writing
JO ALLEN

6 The Rise of Technical Writing Instruction in America
ROBERT J. CONNORS

7 Gender, Technology, and the History of Technical Communication
KATHERINE T. DURACK

8 The Social Perspective and Pedagogy in Technical Communication
CHARLOTTE THRALLS AND NANCY ROUNDY BLYLER

APPLIED THEORY

9 Researching the History of Technical Communication: Accessing and Analyzing Corporate Archives
HENRIETTA NICKELS SHIRK

Additional Readings


Chapter Three LAYING A FOUNDATION FOR ETHICAL PRAXIS


Introduction


10 From The Institutio Oratorio, Book XII, Chapter I
QUINTILIAN
TRANSLATED BY THE REVEREND JOHN SELBY WATSON

11 What's Practical about Technical Writing?
CAROLYN R. MILLER

12 The Ethics of Teaching Ethics in Professional Communication: The Case of Engineering Publicity at MIT in the 1920s
DAVID R. RUSSELL

APPLIED THEORY

13 The Exercise of Critical Rhetorical Ethics
JAMES PORTER

Additional Readings

Chapter Four FOLLOWING USER-CENTERED DESIGN PRACTICES


Introduction


14 What Is Information Design?
JANICE C. REDISH

15 Advancing a Vision of Usability
BARBARA MIREL

16 Teaching Text Design
ROBERT KRAMER AND STEPHEN A. BERNHARDT

APPLIED THEORY

17 The Rhetoric of Design: Implications for Corporate Intranets
LISA ANN JACKSON

Additional Readings

Chapter Five LEARNING ON THE JOB

Introduction

18 Rethinking Genre from a Sociocognitive Perspective
CAROL BERKENKOTTER AND THOMAS N. HUCKIN

19 Learning to Write Professionally: "Situated Learning" and the Transition from University to Professional Discourse
AVIVA FREEDMAN AND CHRISTINE ADAM

20 Pseudotransactionality, Activity Theory, and Professional Writing Instruction
CLAY SPINUZZI

21 Bridging the Workplace and the Academy: Teaching Professional Genres through Classroom-Workplace Collaborations
ANN M. BLAKESLEE

APPLIED THEORY

22 Communicating Across Organizational Boundaries: A Challenge for Workplace Professionals
RACHEL SPILKA

Additional Readings

Chapter Six WORKING WITHIN AND ACROSS CULTURES

Introduction


23 Learning Intercultural Communication Competence
LINDA BEAMER

24 Multicultural Issues in Technical Communication
EMILY A. THRUSH

25 Feminist Theory and the Redefinition of Technical Communication
MARY M. LAY

26 Making Gender Visible: Extending Feminist Critiques of Technology to Technical Communication
LAURA J. GURAK AND NANCY L. BAYER

APPLIED THEORY

27 Illustrations in User Manuals: Preference and Effectiveness with Japanese and American Readers
WAKA FUKUOKA, YUKIKO KOJIMA, AND JAN H. SPYRIDAKIS

Additional Readings

Chapter Seven WRITING AND WORKING IN DIGITAL ENVIRONMENTS


Introduction

28 Thinking Critically about Technological Literacy: Developing a Framework to Guide Computer Pedagogy in Technical Communication
LEE-ANN KASTMAN BREUCH

29 Contexts for Faculty Professional Development in the Age of Electronic Writing and Communication
STUART A. SELBER, JOHNDAN JOHNSON-EILOLA, AND CYNTHIA L. SELFE

30 A Historical Look at Electronic Literacy: Implications for the Education of Technical Communicators
CYNTHIA L. SELFE AND GAIL E. HAWISHER

APPLIED THEORY

31 Situated Learning in Cross-Functional Virtual Teams
DANIEL ROBEY, HUOY MIN KHOO, AND CAROLYN POWERS

Additional Readings

Chapter Eight LOOKING TO THE FUTURE


Introduction

32 Relocating the Value of Work: Technical Communication in a Post-Industrial Age
JOHNDAN JOHNSON-EILOLA

33 Educating Technical Communicators to Make Better Decisions
CEZAR M. ORNATOWSKI

34 Teaching for Change, Vision, and Responsibility
STEPHEN A. BERNHARDT

Additional Readings

Annotated Bibliography of Pedagogical Work

Notes on the Authors

Note on the Editor

Index

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