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Communication of technical information --Study and teaching (Higher) -- Surveys, Universities and colleges -- United States -- Curriculum


In this article, we offer answers to the question, “Who teaches the technical and professional communication service course and in what institutional situations?” We present data from a national online survey of technical and professional communication instructors from across all Carnegie institutional types (2- and 4-year). In addition, we share four case-studies of survey respondents whose situations present the greatest challenges facing those who seek to improve or reform the technical and professional communication service course. We close the article by putting the case studies into the context of the reported survey data and arguing for how advocates for the technical and professional communication course might use the data to initiate a national discussion that accommodates all stakeholders.


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