Minimalism Beyond the Nurnberg Funnel

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Minimalism is an action- and task-oriented approach to instruction and documentation that emphasizes the importance of realistic activities and experiences for effective learning and information seeking. Since 1990, when the approach was defined in John Carroll's The Nurnberg Funnel, much work has been done to apply, refine, and broaden the minimalist approach to technical communication. This volume presents fourteen major contributions to the current theory and practice of ...
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Overview

Minimalism is an action- and task-oriented approach to instruction and documentation that emphasizes the importance of realistic activities and experiences for effective learning and information seeking. Since 1990, when the approach was defined in John Carroll's The Nurnberg Funnel, much work has been done to apply, refine, and broaden the minimalist approach to technical communication. This volume presents fourteen major contributions to the current theory and practice of minimalism.

Contributors evaluate the development of minimalism up to now, analyze the acceptance of minimalism by the mainstream technical communications community, report on specific innovations and investigations, and discuss future challenges and directions. The book also includes an appendix containing a bibliography of published research and development work on minimalism since 1990.

Contributors: Tricia Anson, R. John Brockmann, John M. Carroll, Steve Draper, David K. Farkas, JoAnn T. Hackos, Robert R. Johnson, Greg Kearsley, Barbara Mirel, Janice (Ginny) Redish, Stephanie Rosenbaum, Karl L. Smart, Hans van der Meij.

Published in association with the Society for Technical Communication

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262032490
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 1/23/1998
  • Series: Digital Communication Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Carroll is a professor in the School of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State University, University Park, PA. He has been elected into the CHI Academy by The Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI) in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service in the field of computer-human interaction.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Reconstructing Minimalism 1
2 Principles and Heuristics for Designing Minimalist Instruction 19
3 Ten Misconceptions about Minimalism 55
4 Exploring Minimalism Today: A View from the Practitioner's Window 91
5 Follow-up on Training in Minimalism: How Are Technical Communicators Using Minimalism? 119
6 Choosing a Minimalist Approach for Expert Users 149
7 Minimalism for Complex Tasks 179
8 Minimalism in Technical Communication: Some Issues to Consider 219
9 Layering as a Safety Net for Minimalist Documentation 247
10 Optimizing the Joint Handling of Manual and Screen 275
11 Minimalism: A Quality Strategy for Success 311
12 The Art of Minimalism: Constructing a Rhetorical Theory of Computer Documentation 327
13 Practical Problems and Proposed Solutions in Designing Action-Centered Documentation 349
14 Minimalism: A Case of Information Transfer in Technical Communication 375
15 Minimalism: An Agenda for Research and Practice 393
Appendix Reviews, General Discussions, and Applications of Minimalism Since 1990 407
List of Contributors 411
Index 413
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