Reflections on October 4 readings for 8011

A critical turn Most of this week's readings come out of the cultural or critical studies orientation. (Blyler and Thralls and Blyer explore this orientation in general terms; Longo employs it in her history of technical writing.) The only exception is Smagorinsky. I'll share some observations about the first three, along with some questions I …

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Reflections on this week’s readings for 8011

Thralls and Blyler Thralls, C., & Blyler, N. R. (1993). The Social Perspective and Professional Communication. In C. Thralls & N. Blyler (Eds.), Professional Communication: The Social Perspective (pp. 3-34). Newbury Park, C.A.: Sage Publications, Inc. Describes three strands of social theory in professional communication research: Social constructionist: “the social constructionist approach focuses on community, …

Reflections on this week’s readings for 8011

This is my reflective memo for this week’s readings in 8011 Research Methods in S&TC. Barton & Eggly Barton, E., & Eggly, S. (2009). Ethical or Unethical Persuasion?: The Rhetoric of Offers to Participate in Clinical Trials. Written Communication, 26(3), 295-319. One conclusion of this study: That researchers seeking informed consent from cancer patients to …

Reflections on training I’ve had in writing

So, in my 5531 Composition Pedagogy class, I was given the following prompt: "[P]lease write a short version of your experiences with writing instruction in your schooling. In narrating your experiences, consider how your experiences were a product, to some degree, of what we have been reading about in Berlin [1987]." I've viewed this question …

Rhetoric and WHAT?

What the hell is 'rhetoric and scientific and technical communication'? That's a question I've gotten from almost everyone who has asked what field I'm doing my PhD in. This post is my working definition, subject to much revision in the coming months, no doubt. Let's start with "rhetoric"...