Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

Technical and Professional Writing Commons

Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.®

PDF

Selected Works

Discipline
Institution
Keyword
Publication Year
Publication

Articles 1 - 24 of 24

Full-Text Articles in Technical and Professional Writing

The Mysterious Incident Of The Missing Title: Why Did Titular Concern Vanish From Composition Studies?, John Lamothe Nov 2019

The Mysterious Incident Of The Missing Title: Why Did Titular Concern Vanish From Composition Studies?, John Lamothe

John Lamothe

How much time, if any, do first-year writing instructors spend in class discussing the importance of titles on their students’ papers? Without looking at a mountain of lesson plans or interviewing a plethora of instructors from across the country, it is impossible to know what is and what isn’t commonly taught in first-year composition courses. Admittedly, introductory writing and research classes can vary greatly from institution to institution and even from instructor to instructor within the same department. However, judging by an examination of current First-Year Composition textbooks, Rhet/Comp scholars place little importance on discussing the effect of ...


Architecture In A Book, Daniel J. Naegele Sep 2019

Architecture In A Book, Daniel J. Naegele

Daniel J. Naegele

In 1955, the year in which his renowned chapel at Ronchamp was completed, the Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier—perhaps the most influential architect in the world at the time—drew a book for the Livres d’Artiste series produced by the famous publisher, Tériade. The series was begun in 1943 and featured books by Rouault, Bonnard, Laurens, Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, Léger, and Gris. Le Corbusier’s Le Poème de l’angle droit [1] was comprised of a poetic text written in a broad, cursive script and twenty full-page lithographs (32cm x 42cm). The lithographs were to be removed from the ...


The Walking Dead Genealogy: Unsubstantiated Criticisms Of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Qdas) And The Failure To Put Them To Rest, Kristi Jackson, Trena Paulus, Nicholas H. Woolf Sep 2019

The Walking Dead Genealogy: Unsubstantiated Criticisms Of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (Qdas) And The Failure To Put Them To Rest, Kristi Jackson, Trena Paulus, Nicholas H. Woolf

Trena M. Paulus

The authors conduct an exposé on the deterministic denunciations of Qualitative Data Analysis Software (QDAS) and how citation errors keep these criticisms alive. They use a zombie metaphor to describe more than two decades of battling these seemingly mindless assessments of QDAS that keep coming –despite their decay – and simply will not die. Focusing exclusively on the criticism of separation/distancing, which alleges that the computer and the software interfere with the researcher’s familiarity with the data, the authors trace one current strand of this criticism through a literature genealogy. Three citation errors (half-truth, proxy, and hearsay) are identified ...


The Historical And Materialist Subtext Of The Battle Of The Sheep, Chad M. Gasta Jul 2019

The Historical And Materialist Subtext Of The Battle Of The Sheep, Chad M. Gasta

Chad M. Gasta

In his perceptive work on the interrelationship between history and literature, Louis Montrose advocates a resituation of texts within their contexts which leads to "a reciprocal concern with the historicity of texts and the textuality of history" (20). For Montrose, aesthetic works can historicize the past and provide an understanding and explanation of times past, even though they cannot provide an objective portrayal of history (20). It is in this spirit that i would like to approach the Battle of the Sheep in Don Quijote. To resituate this well-known episode within its socio-historical context is to make possible a more ...


Research In Cooperatives: Developing A Politically Conscious Research Methodology (Pre-Print), Avery C. Edenfield Dec 2018

Research In Cooperatives: Developing A Politically Conscious Research Methodology (Pre-Print), Avery C. Edenfield

Avery C. Edenfield

Cooperatives are distinct from conventional businesses and the technical documents they produce challenges assumptions about documentation practices. To better understand these differences, technical communicators may need a set of tools well-suited to mission-driven, for-profit businesses. In this process-focused article, I draw on action research methodology to take first steps toward articulating the similarities and differences in research between a conventional organization and a cooperative. I demonstrate this framework by using two recent case studies.


Faculty Writing Retreats In The Library: Creative Approaches To Relationship Building, Lisa T. Nickel, Tami Back Dec 2018

Faculty Writing Retreats In The Library: Creative Approaches To Relationship Building, Lisa T. Nickel, Tami Back

Lisa Nickel

Have you ever thought, “If I had some uninterrupted time to write, I could get so much done!”?
At William & Mary Libraries, we often feel this way, and we hear from our teaching faculty colleagues that they  feel the same. But can this common challenge present a unique opportunity? Can we, as a library, fill this need, and in turn, accomplish our goals of building relationships and connections with faculty? We determined that we can. As we consider time-intensive library events, partnerships, and outreach, we have learned that focusing on high-impact relationship-building opportunities is the best way to spend our ...


A Palimpsestuous Novel: Claire Legendre's La Methode Stanislavski, Michèle A. Schaal Dec 2018

A Palimpsestuous Novel: Claire Legendre's La Methode Stanislavski, Michèle A. Schaal

Michèle A. Schaal

Claire Legendre emerged on the French literary scene in 1997 with her novel Making-of. A prolific writer, she went on to publish an additional five novels,1 an anthology of short stories (Le Crépuscule de Barbe-Bleue, 2001), two co-authored books with Jérôme Bonnetto,2 four plays,3 one book-length essay (Le Nénuphar et l’araignée, 2015), as well as numerous smaller essays and short fictions. Despite this prolixity, Legendre’s publications have, thus far, garnered little academic attention.4 Two reasons may explain her current marginality within the field of French Studies. Her second novel, Viande (1999), relegated her to ...


Hand Annotation And Reliability: Corpus Linguistic Approaches To Teaching And Studying Writing, Brian Larson Mar 2018

Hand Annotation And Reliability: Corpus Linguistic Approaches To Teaching And Studying Writing, Brian Larson

Brian Larson

If I say “He’s an eligible BLANK,” you’re likely to complete the sentence with “bachelor.” The fact that “eligible” and “bachelor” often appear together--in corpus-linguistic terms, they are collocated--tells us something about the meaning of “bachelor” that is not in its dictionary definition and related social values (e.g., gendered ones, in this example). This workshop, sponsored by the Linguistics, Language, and Writing (LLW) Standing Group, used hands-on activities to introduce theories and methods of corpus-linguistic analysis for various purposes, genres, and sub-fields within writing studies. Facilitators guided attendees through examples of the use of corpus methods in ...


By Reading This Title, You Have Agreed To Our Terms Of Service, Brian Larson Feb 2018

By Reading This Title, You Have Agreed To Our Terms Of Service, Brian Larson

Brian Larson

By June of 2017, Facebook had two billion (that’s billion, with a ‘b’) users accessing it per month (Balakrishnan 2017). Facebook believes that each of those consumer end-users is bound by its end-user license agreement (EULA), which Facebook calls a “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” available to end-users from a small link in light gray text called “Terms” on every Facebook page. EULAs like this, associated with websites, mobile apps, and consumer goods with embedded software, and styled “terms of service,” “terms of use,” etc., may purport to impose a wide variety of contractual obligations on consumers, for example ...


Research And Rhetorical Purpose: Using Genre Analysis To Understand Source Use In Technical And Professional Writing, Lee-Ann K. Breuch, Brian Larson Nov 2017

Research And Rhetorical Purpose: Using Genre Analysis To Understand Source Use In Technical And Professional Writing, Lee-Ann K. Breuch, Brian Larson

Brian Larson

This chapter describes a pilot study of student research-based writing in a technical and professional writing course designed for college-level juniors and seniors across the curriculum; fifteen analytical research papers are coded based on the rhetorical move John Swales (1990) calls "reference to previous research" to increase our understanding of how students use sources to introduce, support, or compare/contrast ideas and previous research. Student papers in this study overwhelm­ingly used sources to support main ideas, occasionally used sources to introduce ideas, often in the form of topic sentences, but rarely used sources to compare/contrast ideas. The frequency ...


Catch Their Attention: Using Visual Abstracts To Promote Your Research, Melody Herr Sep 2017

Catch Their Attention: Using Visual Abstracts To Promote Your Research, Melody Herr

Melody Herr

A leading journal just accepted your article for publication. But while your research team is celebrating, you begin to worry. Will the journal’s regular readers notice it? Will researchers outside your field ever see it?


Lamberti -- Constructed Reader Real Emotion.Pdf, Adrienne Lamberti Jan 2017

Lamberti -- Constructed Reader Real Emotion.Pdf, Adrienne Lamberti

Adrienne Lamberti

No abstract provided.


Technical Problem Based E-Language Instruction For Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos Jan 2016

Technical Problem Based E-Language Instruction For Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos

Eleni Papantoniou

We discuss an intervention in mother language instruction in a Greek Vocational Lyceum combining Web 2.0 tools with electronic writing pedagogy. During a full school year (2012-13), forty six 11th grade students with typically low literacy skills participated, randomly separated in control and experimental group. The latter systematically dealt with Technical Problem Solving and completed online (Edmodo) increasingly complex writing tasks. Encouraged to reflect on and solve technical problems, they activated language skills for communicating their solutions through the synthesis of technical text-genres. Meanwhile the control group followed the conventional teaching method using the usual literary texts. Pre and ...


Technology Pedagogy And Content In Web-Based Language Instruction For Secondary Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos Nov 2015

Technology Pedagogy And Content In Web-Based Language Instruction For Secondary Vocational Students, Eleni Papantoniou, Thanasis Hadzilacos

Eleni Papantoniou

Students in vocational schools in Greece are less motivated and have low performance in courses demanding academic skills, like language learning with reading and writing tasks (e.g. essay writing). If they were asked, they would say that they prefer to do things rather than study or get involved in traditional classroom language activities. School cannot provide them with language materials and methodology adjusted to their needs. Language teaching and learning is an academic task-oriented subject and teachers find it extremely difficult to arise their students' interest. So, from this point of view there is a gap between need and ...


The State Of Writing In The Health Sciences Major At Jmu: Survey And Interview Instruments, Lucy Bryan Malenke Sep 2015

The State Of Writing In The Health Sciences Major At Jmu: Survey And Interview Instruments, Lucy Bryan Malenke

Lucy Bryan Malenke

I used these survey and interview instruments in an IRB-approved investigation of the state of writing in the Health Sciences major at James Madison University, which took place during the Spring 2015 semester. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to assist the University Writing Center in developing and facilitating evidence-based responses to the discipline-specific writing needs of Health Sciences students. The 20 study participants were faculty members who taught in the Health Sciences major. Each took an online Qualtrics survey and participated an in-person follow-up interview with a predetermined set of questions. The instruments explored participants’ pedagogical practices, attitudes ...


Competition In Higher Education: Build It And They Will Come Or You Have To Spend Money To Make Money, Matthew R. Sharp Sep 2014

Competition In Higher Education: Build It And They Will Come Or You Have To Spend Money To Make Money, Matthew R. Sharp

Matthew R. Sharp

The Global Perspectives Program was developed to provide Virginia Tech graduate students with an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of global higher education, especially in Europe. This article deals with enrollment management and competition for students.


Sample Technical Instructions, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Instructions, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Definition, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Definition, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Press Release, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Press Release, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Standard Operating Procedure, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Standard Operating Procedure, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Technical Description, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2013

Sample Technical Description, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Sample Grant Proposal, Michael A. Stanley Dec 2012

Sample Grant Proposal, Michael A. Stanley

Michael A Stanley

No abstract provided.


Book Review: Crazy Horse. A Lakota Life, By Kingsley Bray. Norman: University Of Oklahoma Press, Sebastian Braun Dec 2006

Book Review: Crazy Horse. A Lakota Life, By Kingsley Bray. Norman: University Of Oklahoma Press, Sebastian Braun

Sebastian Braun

In the flurry of books on Crazy Horse, yet another text depicting the legendary Lakota's by now mythical life might seem superfluous at best, that is, if it truly is just another larger-than-life fictional biography. Luckily, Bray has written a text that reads as far removed from the usual Crazy Horse literature as possible.


Book Review: On The Upper Missouri. The Journal Of Rudolph Friederich Kurz, 1851-1852, By Rudolph Friederich Kurz, Edited And Abridged By Carla Kelly. Norman: University Of Oklahoma Press, Sebastian Braun Dec 2005

Book Review: On The Upper Missouri. The Journal Of Rudolph Friederich Kurz, 1851-1852, By Rudolph Friederich Kurz, Edited And Abridged By Carla Kelly. Norman: University Of Oklahoma Press, Sebastian Braun

Sebastian Braun

What would anybody with the slightest interest in Native American history and culture not give to have visited an Omaha village with Joseph La Fleche, learned to pain from Karl Bodmer, and spent evenings with Edwin Denig? Rudolph Kurz did all of this, worked in the fur trade on the Missouri River, painted what he saw, and, most importantly, left a journal of his observations, travels, and insights. It is this journal that now is available again, in an edited and abridged version fro the University of Oklahoma Press. The full English version of the journal was published as Bulletin ...