Three Keys To The Past

Author: Teresa C. Kynell
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567503944
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Provides a collection of critical essays on the history of technical communication designed to help guide future research.

The Flowering Of A Tradition

Author: Elizabeth Tebeaux
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351864629
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The Flowering of a Tradition, which describes the development of technical, or practical, writing in England during the seventeenth century, from 1641 to 1700, follows Emergence of a Tradition, which tracks the emergence of English technical writing from 1475 to 1640, during the English Renaissance. Together, the books present the emergence and development of technical writing in England from 1475 to 1700 by describing and exemplifying the main characteristics and genres of technical writing as they appeared and flowered. Topics include format and page design; recognition of readers' needs in content and presentation; plain style; technical description; technical writing's contribution to the development of the paragraph; text and the use of technology in technical writing; the history of instructions; and the emergence and development of proposals and reports. The two books cover the major topics that continue to form the foundation of the teaching and practice of technical writing and help define the history of practical discourse during approximately 300 years of English history. The history of technical, or practical, writing has not yet been written, and these two books fill a major deficiency in the history of English technical writing. Chapters on the history of the proposal and the history of reports deal with topics never before researched. The chapter on the history of the paragraph shows that paragraphs existed 300 years before composition historians have stated, because technical writing has not been included in studies of the history of English discourse. Even though the majority of English writing is practical writing in any era, it continues to be ignored by social and literary historians. Only book-length studies of the type published here will fill this void. Technical writing will not become a discipline unless we have a series of books providing a clear foundation that unearths its existence and shows its contribution to all of our writing today, in the workplace and other nonacademic settings.

Writing In A Milieu Of Utility

Author: Teresa C. Kynell
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567504910
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Traces the pedagogical evolution of technical communication in America.

Outlining Goes Electronic

Author: Jonathan Price
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567503791
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Technical writers often use visual displays of heirarchical information to create structures that users can easily understand and navigate.electronic outlining turns out to be an efficient way to focus a meeting on developing an agreed-upon structure for a document. What electronic outlining demonstrates is that in writing we are always involved in a larger conversation.

Research In Technical Communication

Author: Laura J. Gurak
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567506655
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This cutting-edge collection of essays outlines foundational principles of a range of methodologies in technical communication, reflecting on the process of importing and employing these methodologies into technical communication research. Written by noted scholars in the field and presenting a wide range of research methods, the book combines theory and practice in a way that will prove invaluable to technical communicators and beginning scholars alike.

Narrative And Professional Communication

Author: Jane M. Perkins
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567504491
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Legitimizes narrative in professional communication as a vibrant focus of research, pedagogic, and practical interest and offers many possible directions for future work.

User Centered Technology

Author: Robert R. Johnson
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791439319
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Presents a theoretical model for examining technology through a user perspective.

Rhetorical Scope And Performance

Author: Merrill Whitburn
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9781567505146
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As we move into the 21st century, many needs are prompting broader approaches in governments, industries, and universities. Governments are increasingly forced to collaborate with other governments to address problems beyond the control of individual nations. Industries increasingly find it difficult to survive without pursuing global markets. And universities increasingly find themselves forced to move from departmental to interdisciplinary approaches to problems. These changes call for greater scope in goals, social structures, and methodologies. Technical communication is an example of a field deeply involved in all of these institutions and prompted toward greater scope in the engagement of problems. Rhetorical Scope and Performance: The Example of Technical Communication examines the history of the narrowness of goals, social structures, and methodologies associated with the field of technical communication in the second half of the 20th century. It traces some of the roots of this narrowness back to a philosophical tradition stemming from Plato, Aristotle, the religious philosophers, and the apologists for science. As an alternative to the narrowness of the philosophical tradition, this work traces a rhetorical tradition stemming from Isocrates, Cicero, Quintilian, and the Renaissance that promotes greater scope in the engagement of problems and provides a theoretical construct more appropriate for many of today's needs than the philosophical tradition. Using the history of technical communication as an example, this book shows how an Isocratean rhetoric can broaden and therefore improve our approaches to decision-making in the 21st century, prompting a revolution in modern society.