Central Works in Technical Communication
Bringing together thirty-two landmark essays, Central Works in Technical Communication provides a broad and representative overview of the field. It introduces students, new teachers, and new practitioners to the community of technical communication as an intellectual and communal endeavor that encompasses such complex theoretical topics as research methods, social issues,...more
Paperback, 539 pages
Published February 26th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
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My usual practice of not giving textbooks a higher rating still applies. Maybe someday I'll come back through and revise these once I have a clearer picture of what the books mean to my work. Until then? This collection of articles is great and gives a nice overview of the field and its history. I also enjoy the authors' reflections on the pieces at the beginning of each article.
A lot of this is dated because it deals with technology, but overall it's a good, and thorough, overview of the discussions that are going on, and have been going on, within the technical communication field. It's not a topic I plan to explore ever again. This book not only helped lead me to that conclusion but made the time I did spend studying tc relatively painless.