Humanistic approaches for teaching technical writing service courses better meet the needs of our students (and our discipline)

Dave Kmiec, Olga Menagarishvili, Bernadette Longo

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Abstract

This paper argues that the technical communication survey course occupies a unique position as a humanistic methods course obviously connected to the major disciplines of an institution's students. Humanistic technical communication pedagogy can thereby be used to organize or rationalize other humanistic interventions in the curriculum, especially with STEM majors. Examples are described for two approaches to integrating rhetorical considerations into junior-level technical writing courses. Senior capstone courses for STEM majors are also considered as sites for challenging students to consider social implications of technological development. Finally, results from a study at Georgia Tech support the authors' contention that students are open to considering technical communication as a rhetorical enterprise.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509030422
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 21 2017
Event2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2017 - Madison, United States
Duration: Jul 23 2017Jul 26 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

Other

Other2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMadison
Period7/23/177/26/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Engineering(all)

Keywords

  • Humanities
  • rhetoric
  • teaching
  • technical writing

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