Sketching a Framework for Graduate Education in Technical Communication

Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Stuart A. Selber

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Graduate education in technical communication should provide students with an expansive view of the field. Toward that end, we offer a three-dimensional framework that represents technical communication as a robust, diverse, complex whole. Although the framework aims towards coherence, it embraces contradiction. That is, the framework represents a totality but does not purport to be the only possible representation. Key to the framework is our belief that the gap between theory and practice can actually be productive. Almost all binaries encourage overly simplistic understandings. But we should not allow the goal of remediating the binary to close off the important tensions that can allow the field to advance. This very gap is actually one of the few sites in which new ideas and approaches can be forged.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-437
Number of pages35
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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