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Central Works in Technical Communication

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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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May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yes, it took me over a year to read all of the essays here, but that's not saying much about the book itself. More about me.

Many of these essays are extremely interesting--especially to a teacher like me who is starting to teach more and more Technical Communication courses. This book allowed me a glimpse into where much of Tech Comm began, and how technical writing grew into its own "thing" rather than simply being lumped in with general writing.

Admittedly, some of the essays are dated complete
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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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. ...more
Jan 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Read this collection of Tech writing articles for a class. I generally like foundational collections, but I found many of these too dated to be useful. Some were still relevant, though, and I especially enjoyed the history articles.
Sep 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Central? Try Critical. Or Crucial. Or Downright Canonical.

This is a useful, multidimensional, theory-rich and practice-laden text. I'll dogear it for years to come.
Chris Dayley
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A Must read for every technical communication scholar.
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Alan perusteos. Harvoin yliopistoa varten luettu kirja on oikeasti mielenkiintoinen, mutta tämä oli hyvä ja kattava paketti teknisen viestinnän historiasta.
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