PARTAs we look forward to the next few decades, the relationship between academic
and industry specialists is just one of many ingredients of growth and development in technical communication. However, it is an important one because
professionals from both worlds contribute to the substance and identity that
technical communicators hold dear within the field and in the outside world.
Part I reveals explicit or subtle ways in which the two worlds can earn each
other's respect and overcome cultural divisions in order to identify and accomplish shared goals.In examining academic-industry relationships, the Part I contributors focus
on complex differences and similarities. They argue that academic and industry
specialists need to overcome serious barriers before agreeing on common goals
and creating powerful allegiances. With this challenge in mind, the contributors
explore such questions as these:
REVISING INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA:
CULTURES AND RELATIONSHIPS
|• ||What can be done to overcome cultural barriers between academic and
industry worlds, and between the various worlds within industry?|
|• ||What might broad coalitions do to improve workplace practice from the
technical communication perspective?|
|• ||How can academic and industry researchers ensure that empirical results
from studies in both worlds will be relevant and of value to each world?|
|• ||How can academic and industry specialists reach a consensus perspective,
and then strengthen their (united) voice in all stages of work life in workplace contexts?|
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Book title: Reshaping Technical Communication: New Directions and Challenges for the 21st Century.
Contributors: Barbara Mirel - Author.
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ.
Publication year: 2002.
Page number: 7.
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