Teaching technical communication with the community model: some questionable side effects

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Abstract

This paper traces the development of the communication model of community as a framework for teaching technical writing. It first explores the idea of community discourse conventions as they were adapted from Thomas Kuhn's (1970) model of 'normal science' within an autonomous scientific community. It then adds the idea of unconventional discourse practice within the community, as adapted from Kuhn's model of 'revolutionary science.' This paper argues that teaching technical writing using only discourse conventions inhibits a students' ability to contribute to innovations and change within an organizational community. Adding a critical component to the teaching better prepares students to contribute to the community's continual improvement over the long term.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages148-151
Number of pages4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC'95 - Savannah, GA, USA
Duration: Sep 27 1995Sep 29 1995

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, IPCC'95
CitySavannah, GA, USA
Period9/27/959/29/95

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Engineering(all)

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