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Central Works in Technical Communication

Central Works in Technical Communication Author Johndan Johnson-Eilola
ISBN-10 0195157052
Release 2004
Pages 512
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Bringing together thirty-two landmark essays, Central Works in Technical Communication provides a broad and representative overview of the field. It introduces students, new teachers, and new practitioners to the community of technical communication as an intellectual and communal endeavor that encompasses such complex theoretical topics as research methods, social issues, and ethics. Editors Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart A. Selber engaged in a comprehensive selection process--including the consultation of a review board of leading teachers and scholars--and have included some of the most influential articles and book chapters published in technical communication over the last twenty-five years. Each essay is accompanied by a reflective piece written by its author specifically for this volume. These commentaries provide context for the essays and allow the authors to add to or challenge their original ideas and resituate them in a contemporary environment. The book also features section introductions written by the editors that offer historical and conceptual approaches to understanding the contributions each work makes to the field of technical communication. Central Works in Technical Communication is organized around eight major conceptual categories: histories, rhetorical perspectives, philosophies and theories, ethical and power issues, research methods, workplace studies, online environments, and pedagogical directions. An alternative table of contents groups the essays into additional categories including collaboration, gender, genre, usability, and visual theory and practice. Ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in technical communication, this collection is also a compact and convenient resource for practicing professionals and academics new to the field.



Solving Problems in Technical Communication

Solving Problems in Technical Communication Author Johndan Johnson-Eilola
ISBN-10 9780226924083
Release 2012-12-26
Pages 512
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The field of technical communication is rapidly expanding in both the academic world and the private sector, yet a problematic divide remains between theory and practice. Here Stuart A. Selber and Johndan Johnson-Eilola, both respected scholars and teachers of technical communication, effectively bridge that gap. Solving Problems in Technical Communication collects the latest research and theory in the field and applies it to real-world problems faced by practitioners—problems involving ethics, intercultural communication, new media, and other areas that determine the boundaries of the discipline. The book is structured in four parts, offering an overview of the field, situating it historically and culturally, reviewing various theoretical approaches to technical communication, and examining how the field can be advanced by drawing on diverse perspectives. Timely, informed, and practical, Solving Problems in Technical Communication will be an essential tool for undergraduates and graduate students as they begin the transition from classroom to career.



Research in Technical Communication

Research in Technical Communication Author Laura J. Gurak
ISBN-10 1567506658
Release 2002-01-01
Pages 266
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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.



Reshaping Technical Communication

Reshaping Technical Communication Author Barbara Mirel
ISBN-10 9781135660604
Release 2002-06-01
Pages 240
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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.



Critical Power Tools

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ISBN-10 9780791481660
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Critical Power Tools has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Critical Power Tools also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Critical Power Tools book for free.



Multiliteracies for a Digital Age

Multiliteracies for a Digital Age Author Stuart Selber
ISBN-10 9780809325511
Release 2004-01-23
Pages 269
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Just as the majority of books about computer literacy deal more with technological issues than with literacy issues, most computer literacy programs overemphasize technical skills and fail to adequately prepare students for the writing and communications tasks in a technology-driven era. Multiliteracies for a Digital Age serves as a guide for composition teachers to develop effective, full-scale computer literacy programs that are also professionally responsible by emphasizing different kinds of literacies and proposing methods for helping students move among them in strategic ways. Defining computer literacy as a domain of writing and communication, Stuart A. Selber addresses the questions that few other computer literacy texts consider: What should a computer literate student be able to do? What is required of literacy teachers to educate such a student? How can functional computer literacy fit within the values of teaching writing and communication as a profession? Reimagining functional literacy in ways that speak to teachers of writing and communication, he builds a framework for computer literacy instruction that blends functional, critical, and rhetorical concerns in the interest of social action and change. Multiliteracies for a Digital Age reviews the extensive literature on computer literacy and critiques it from a humanistic perspective. This approach, which will remain useful as new versions of computer hardware and software inevitably replace old versions, helps to usher students into an understanding of the biases, belief systems, and politics inherent in technological contexts. Selber redefines rhetoric at the nexus of technology and literacy and argues that students should be prepared as authors of twenty-first-century texts that defy the established purview of English departments. The result is a rich portrait of the ideal multiliterate student in a digital age and a social approach to computer literacy envisioned with the requirements for systemic change in mind.



The Emergence of a Tradition

The Emergence of a Tradition Author Elizabeth Tebeaux
ISBN-10 9781351841269
Release 2018-02-06
Pages 246
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Examining books on different topics as these appeared during the Renaissance allows us to see developments in the use of graphics, the shift from orality to textuality, the expansion of knowledge, and rise of literacy, particularly among middle-class women readers, who were an important audience for many of these books. Changes in English Renaissance technical books provide a new, and as yet largely unexplored means of viewing the Renaissance and the dramatic changes that emerged during the 1475-1640 period, the first years of English printing.



Spurious Coin

Spurious Coin Author Bernadette Longo
ISBN-10 0791445550
Release 2000-05-04
Pages 204
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Offers a narrative history of technical writing as a cultural practice and the system of scientific knowledge it controls.



Communicating Race Ethnicity and Identity in Technical Communication

Communicating Race  Ethnicity  and Identity in Technical Communication Author Miriam F. Williams
ISBN-10 9781351868488
Release 2016-12-05
Pages 216
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The purpose of this book is to move our field's discussion beyond issues of diversity in the practice of technical communication, which is certainly important, to include discussions of how race and ethnicity inform the production and distribution of technical communication in the United States. Equally important, this book is an attempt to uncover those communicative practices used to adversely affect historically marginalized groups and identify new practices that can be used to encourage cultural competence within institutions and communities. This book, like our field, is an interdisciplinary effort. While all authors have taught or practiced technical communication, their backgrounds include studies in technical communication, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, and higher education. For the sake of clarity, the book is organized into five sections: historical representations of race and ethnicity in health and science communication; social justice and activism in technical communication; considerations of race and ethnicity in social media; users' right to their own language; and communicating identity across borders, cultures, and disciplines.



Technical Communication

Technical Communication Author Paul V. Anderson
ISBN-10 9781337517409
Release 2016-12-05
Pages 560
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Faculty have used Anderson's TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: A READER-CENTERED APPROACH to prepare thousands of students for the writing they will do in their careers. Known for its rhetorical treatment of workplace writing and speaking, this text helps students learn practical, flexible strategies for creating useful and persuasive communications on the job. Reorganized and streamlined to enhance student learning, the ninth edition includes greatly expanded attention to social media. It also introduces to technical communication pedagogy a set of exercises and instruction that help students transfer their technical communication knowledge and skills from school to workplace. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.



Designing Visual Language

Designing Visual Language Author Charles Kostelnick
ISBN-10 0205616402
Release 2011
Pages 400
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Written by two highly experienced teachers in the field of document design, Designing Visual Language, 2/e offers useful strategies and tools for document design of all types. A chief goal of the text is to enable students to extend the rhetorical approach they employ in writing and editing courses to the creation of various forms of visual communication. The text focuses on the kinds of situations and practical documents that occur in the workplace and blends this focus with a rhetorical approach that ties design to the audience, purpose, and context of messages.



Every Page is Page One

Every Page is Page One Author Mark Baker
ISBN-10 9781492001928
Release 2013-12-03
Pages 290
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The Web changes how people use content; not just content on the Web, but all content. If your content is not easy to find and immediately helpful, readers will move on almost at once. We are all children of the Web, and we come to any information system, including product documentation, looking for the search box and expecting every search to work like Google. There is no first, last, previous, next, up, or back anymore. Every Page is Page One. In this ground-breaking book, Mark Baker looks beyond the usual advice on writing for the Web, and beyond the idea of topic-based writing merely as an aid to efficiency and reuse, to explore how readers really use information in the age of the Web and to lay out an approach to planning, creating, managing, and organizing topic-based documentation that really works for the reader.



The Essentials of Technical Communication

The Essentials of Technical Communication Author Elizabeth Tebeaux
ISBN-10 0190856149
Release 2017-12-15
Pages 432
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This text is a clear, concise, and practical guide to effective technical communication in today's world. Divided into two parts, the book begins with rhetorical principles that help students understand the contexts in which various types of documents will be read and used. The second partexplains the major types of technical documents and offers checklists for students to use in preparing these documents.



Changing Writing

Changing Writing Author Johndan Johnson-Eilola
ISBN-10 145760678X
Release 2014-09-12
Pages 400
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Writing can change the world—by inspiring action, adding to readers’ knowledge, or altering their attitudes. Changing Writing by Johndan Johnson-Eilola is a brief guide with online scenarios that gives students the rhetorical tools they need in order to respond to and create change with their own writing. Informed by Johnson-Eilola’s research, the book’s ten focused chapters illustrate straightforward strategies for problem solving and digital composing through lively real-world examples. Central to the author’s approach is a simple PACT framework that presents purpose, audience, context, and text as powerful, necessary, interconnected elements that both change writing and create change. Our newest set of online materials, LaunchPad Solo, provides all the key tools and course-specific content that you need to teach your class. The LaunchPad Solo for Changing Writing includes 20 robust, scenario-based assignments allow students to practice writing in realistic contexts, addressing audience and purpose in a variety of genres. Instructors can create change too—customizing the online scenarios to fit local situations or address the issues that matter most to your students.



Writing New Media

Writing New Media Author Anne Wysocki
ISBN-10 9780874214932
Release 2007-03-01
Pages 280
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As new media mature, the changes they bring to writing in college are many and suggest implications not only for the tools of writing, but also for the contexts, personae, and conventions of writing. An especially visible change has been the increase of visual elements-from typographic flexibility to the easy use and manipulation of color and images. Another would be in the scenes of writing-web sites, presentation "slides," email, online conferencing and coursework, even help files, all reflect non-traditional venues that new media have brought to writing. By one logic, we must reconsider traditional views even of what counts as writing; a database, for example, could be a new form of written work. The authors of Writing New Media bring these ideas and the changes they imply for writing instruction to the audience of rhetoric/composition scholars. Their aim is to expand the college writing teacher's understanding of new media and to help teachers prepare students to write effectively with new media beyond the classroom. Each chapter in the volume includes a lengthy discussion of rhetorical and technological background, and then follows with classroom-tested assignments from the authors' own teaching.



Technical Communication for Readers and Writers

Technical Communication for Readers and Writers Author Brenda R. Sims
ISBN-10 0618221735
Release 2002-09-01
Pages 685
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Sims' Technical Communication for Readers and Writers, Second Edition, guides students in planning, writing, and designing effective documents to meet the needs of users and readers. Thoroughly revised, expanded, and redesigned in full color, this edition gives students the tools they need to create appropriate technical documents for a multitude of writing situations and audiences. The text takes a process approach rather than the model-based approach of older tech writing texts.



Handbook of Technical Writing Tenth Edition

Handbook of Technical Writing  Tenth Edition Author Gerald J. Alred
ISBN-10 9781250004413
Release 2011-11-22
Pages 647
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Combining guidance for writing over 40 typers of professional documents with thorough coverage of grammar, usage, and style, the Handbook of Technical Writing functions as both a writer's handbook and a complete guide to technical communication. It provides quick access to hundreds of topics and scores of sample documents and visuals. [publisher's note]