1st Edition

Assessment in Technical and Professional Communication





ISBN 9780415362825
Published February 6, 2017 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of essays focuses on both how and why assessment serves as a key element in the teaching and practice of technical and professional communication. The collection is organized to form a dual approach: on the one hand, it offers a landscape view of the activities involved in assessment - examining how it works at institutional, program, and classroom levels; on the other, it surveys the implications of using assessment for formulating, maintaining, and extending the teaching and practice of technical communication. The book offers teachers, students, scholars, and practitioners alike evidence of the increasingly valuable role of assessment in the field, as it supports and enriches our thinking and practice. No other volume has addressed the demands of and the expectations for assessment in technical communication. Consequently, the book has two key goals. The first is to be as inclusive as is feasible for its size, demonstrating the global operation of assessment in the field. For this reason, descriptions of assessment practice lead to examinations of some key feature of the landscape captured by the term 'technical communication'. The second goal is to retain the public and cooperative approach that has characterized technical communication from the beginning. To achieve this, the book represents a 'conversation', with contributors chosen from among practicing, highly active technical communication teachers and scholars; and the chapters set up pairs of opening statement and following response. The overriding purpose of the volume, therefore, is to invite the whole community into the conversation about assessment in technical communication.

Table of Contents

KNOWING WHERE WE ARE


CHAPTER 1
 Assessment in Action: A Möbius Tale Chris M. Anson

CHAPTER 2
 Assessing Technical Communication: A Conceptual History Norbert Elliot


 ASSESSMENT IN THE WIDEST VIEW


CHAPTER 3
v Mapping Institutional Values and the Technical Communication Curriculum: A Strategy for Grounding Assessment Jo Allen

CHAPTER 4
 The Benefits and Challenges of Adopting a New Standpoint While Assessing Technical Communication Programs: A Response to Jo Allen Paul V. Anderson


A ROLE FOR PORTFOLIOS IN ASSESSMENT


CHAPTER 5
 Politics, Programmatic Self-Assessment, and the Challenge of Cultural Change Kelli Cargile Cook and Mark Zachry

CHAPTER 6
 The Road to Self-Assessment: Less-Traveled But Essential James M. Dubinsky


SITUATING ASSESSMENT IN DISCIPLINARY REQUIREMENTS


CHAPTER 7
 Expanding the Role of Technical Communication Through Assessment: A Case Presentation of ABET Assessment Michael Carter

CHAPTER 8
 Beyond Denial: Assessment and Expanded Communication Instruction in Engineering and Professional Programs Steven Youra


ASSESSING THE WORK OF GRADUATE STUDENTS


CHAPTER 9
 Assessment of Graduate Programs in Technical Communication: A Relational Model Nancy W. Coppola and Norbert Elliot

CHAPTER 10
 Program Assessment, Strategic Modernism, and Professionalization Politics: Complicating Coppola and Elliot’s “Relational Model” Gerald Savage


TECHNOLOGY IN ASSESSMENT


CHAPTER 11
 Assessing Professional Writing Programs Using Technology as a Site of Praxis Jeffrey Jablonski and Ed Nagelhout

CHAPTER 12
 Reconsidering the Idea of aWriting Program William Hart-Davidson


ASSESSMENT IN TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSESSING INTERCULTURAL/ INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS


CHAPTER 13
 Assessment in an Intercultural Virtual Team Project: Building a Shared Learning Culture Doreen Starke-Meyerring, Deborah C. Andrews

CHAPTER 14
 Do Fish Know They Are Swimming in Water? Deborah S. Bosley

Afterword
 The Ethical Role of the Technical Communicator in Assessment, Dialogue, and the Centrality of Humanity Sam Dragga

 
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