Reshaping Technical Communication: New Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century / Edition 1

Reshaping Technical Communication: New Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century / Edition 1

by Barbara Mirel
     
 

This anthology brings together voices from industry and academia in a call for elevating the status, identity, value, and influence of technical communicators. Editors Barbara Mirel and Rachel Spilka assert that technical communicators must depart from their traditional roles, moving instead in a more influential and expansive direction. To help readers explore the

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This anthology brings together voices from industry and academia in a call for elevating the status, identity, value, and influence of technical communicators. Editors Barbara Mirel and Rachel Spilka assert that technical communicators must depart from their traditional roles, moving instead in a more influential and expansive direction. To help readers explore the possibilities, contributions from innovative thinkers and leaders in technical communication propose ways to redefine the field's identity and purposes and to expand the parameters of its work.

The chapters included here all point toward new directions for greater growth and influence of the field. Contributors depart from traditional ideas and solutions and discuss new and in some cases radical points, provoking further thought and discussion. Its exploration of fresh territory uncovers new research topics and directions, and provides an examination of both internal, industry-academia relationships and external relationships between technical communicators and other professionals. In its entirety, this collection represents an inclusive vision for the future, targeting such wide-ranging issues as creating effective professional organizations, disseminating research to diverse audiences, transitioning to more influential job roles, exerting leadership in usability, and creating hybrid identities and collaborative programs between industry and academic to support them.

The diverse voices from industry and academia will inspire readers to think differently about the discipline's identity and direction, and to build on the ideas they find herein to effect change within their own spheres. As required reading for academics and professionals in technical communication, this collection is a critical step in reshaping and reinvigorating the technical communication field to ensure its survival and growth in the 21st century.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805835175
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IRevising Industry and Academia: Cultures and Relationships7
1Cultural Impediments to Understanding: Are They Surmountable?13
2Jumping Off the Ivory Tower: Changing the Academic Perspective27
3Researching a Common Ground: Explores the Space Where Academic and Workplace Cultures Meet41
4Keeping Writing in Its Place: A Participatory Action Approach to Workplace Communication57
5Active-Practice: Creating Productive Tension Between Academia and Industry81
Pt. IIRe-Envisioning the Profession91
6Becoming a Profession97
7Taking Our Stakeholders Seriously: Re-Imagining the Dissemination of Research in Information Design111
8Migrations: Strategic Thinking About the Future(s) of Technical Communication135
9Expanding Role for Technical Communicators149
10Advancing a Vision of Usability165
11Tales of Brave Ulysses189
AppProposed Research Agenda for Technical Communication197
About the Contributors203
Author Index209
Subject Index213

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