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Safety continues to be a primary concern in the food, water, and pharmaceutical industries. Written by experts in food, drug, and water safety, this book examines some of the ways in which communication has affected safety issues in the recent past and encourages discussions about what improvements can be made. In particular, it helps engineers who are directly involved in creating safety systems and procedures to communicate these designs to other engineers and to general public. Case studies to illustrate the topics, including a case study on the mad cow disease outbreak, are provided.
This is the first scholarly monograph marking the social justice turn in technical and professional communication (TPC). Social justice often draws attention to structural oppression, but to enact social justice as technical communicators, first, we must be able to trace daily practice to the oppressive structures it professionalizes, codifies, and normalizes. Technical Communication After the Social Justice Turn moves readers from conceptual explorations of oppression and justice to a theoretical framework that allows for the concepts to be applied and implemented in a variety of practical contexts. It historicizes the recent social justice turn in TPC scholarship, models a social justice approach to building theories and heuristics, and presents scenarios that illustrate how to develop sustainable practices of activism and social justice. Its commitment to coalition building, inclusivity, and socially just practices of citation and activism will support scholars, teachers, and practitioners not only in understanding how the work of technical communication is often complicit in oppression but also in recognizing, revealing, rejecting, and replacing oppressive practices.
Digital Literacy for Technical Communication helps technical communicators make better sense of technology’s impact on their work, so they can identify new ways to adapt, adjust, and evolve, fulfilling their own professional potential. This collection is comprised of three sections, each designed to explore answers to these questions: How has technical communication work changed in response to the current (digital) writing environment? What is important, foundational knowledge in our field that all technical communicators need to learn? How can we revise past theories or develop new ones to better understand how technology has transformed our work? Bringing together highly-regarded specialists in digital literacy, this anthology will serve as an indispensible resource for scholars, students, and practitioners. It illuminates technology’s impact on their work and prepares them to respond to the constant changes and challenges in the new digital universe.
Students in technical communication courses deserve the very best instruction the profession can provide—and so do teachers. Resources in Technical Communication gives instructors of introductory technical communication courses a rich set of creative and carefully crafted resources for their classrooms. The book has four primary goals. First, it provides key performance outcomes around which teachers can structure their courses. Each chapter focuses on one or more outcomes considered important by recognized scholars and experienced teachers of technical communication. Teachers are encouraged to choose a set of outcomes appropriate for their local institution, situation, students, and curricula. Second, the book provides evidence that can be used to shape technical communication classes. It presents arguments made by business and industry leaders to support each chapter's performance outcome. Each chapter also examines these arguments in the context of contemporary academic research in technical communication. Third, each chapter presents an overview of an assignment sequence that will help teachers address the outcome that serves as the focus of that chapter. The overview explains how experienced teachers of technical communication approach and work through the assignment sequence. Finally, the book supplies assignment materials and sample texts for each performance outcome. The chapter appendices contain assignment sheets, activity worksheets, additional materials, and samples of student work that teachers can use in connection with assignments.
The Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research provides a state-of-the-art review of communication scholarship that addresses real-world concerns, issues, and problems. This comprehensive examination of applied communication research, including its foundations, research methods employed, significant issues confronted, important contexts in which such research has been conducted, and overviews of some exemplary programs of applied communication research, shows how such research has and can make a difference in the world and in people’s lives. The sections and chapters in this Handbook: explain what constitutes applied communication scholarship, encompassing a wide range of approaches and clarifying relationships among theoretical perspectives, methodological procedures, and applied practices demonstrate the breadth and depth of applied communication scholarship review and synthesize literature about applied communication areas and topics in coherent, innovative, and pedagogically sound ways set agendas for future applied communication scholarship. Unique to this volume are chapters presenting exemplary programs of applied communication research that demonstrate the principles and practices of such scholarship, written by the scholars who conducted the programs. As an impressive benchmark in the ongoing growth and development of communication scholarship, editors Lawrence R. Frey and Kenneth N. Cissna provide an exceptional resource that will help new and experienced scholars alike to understand, appreciate, and conduct high-quality communication research that can positively affect people’s lives.

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