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>CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Association of Teachers of Technical Writing
>(ATTW),  2004 MODERN
>LANGUAGE ASSOC. CONVENTION, 27-30 Dec, Philadelphia, PA
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>ATTW invites abstracts of papers for MLA panels on the topics of teaching
>and research. Reports of current research and successful examples of
>innovative teaching are welcome.
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>1. The Scope of Technical Communication Teaching
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>The past two decades have witnessed an expansion in the scope of the
>technical communication curriculum. The service course, focused on genres,
>may still anchor many programs, but new technologies, new methods of
>research and production, and new sites of technical communication practice
>encourage this expansion. Papers are welcome on innovative approaches to
>traditional courses and on new courses that technical communication can and
>should claim. Also welcome are perspectives on the way in which teaching in
>the field should develop.
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>2. New Perspectives in Technical Communication Research
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>In this session, we invite new perspectives on technical communication
>research.  We are especially interested in new approaches to research
>methodology, problems, topics, and directions.  What new perspectives
>should we be adopting and what new steps should we be taking to elevate the
>quality, status, and influence of research in technical communication?  For
>this panel, we are interested in new, original insights and new arguments,
>not in a summary of old or ongoing approaches.
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>The following topics are all possible for this panel:
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>New approaches to methodology in technical communication research
>projects:  this might include the following:
>     * reconceptualizations of established methodologies, such as
>naturalistic research
>     * thoughtful implementations of new methodologies, including activist
>research
>     * more attention devoted to the relationship between research and
>development (i.e., research connected to concrete outcomes)
>     * more careful, systematic consideration of the relationship between
>research and rhetoric (i.e., conscious understanding of how research is
>constituted by situated arguments)
>     * innovative mixing of methodologies to produce solid multimodal research
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>New approaches to technical communication research problems. Which key
>problems and vulnerabilities characterize this type of research and
>possibly threaten its vitality or future?  What are some innovative
>solutions to these problems?
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>New technical communication topics and directions.  Recent publications
>have identified quite a few topics in technical communication research that
>have been neglected.  Which of those neglected topics are most important
>for the field to research and why?  What has been the impact of that
>neglect on the field?  What topics have yet to be in focus?  What is the
>potential benefit to the field of exploring those new topics?  And more
>generally, what are important new directions for technical communication
>research?
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>E-mail submissions of abstracts (to [log in to unmask]) are preferred.
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>Proposals are due no later than 21 Mar 2004 to:
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>Dr. Roxanne Kent-Drury
>ATTW MLA Liaison
>Literature and Language Department
>Northern Kentucky University
>543 Landrum
>Highland Heights, KY  41099
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>Email: [log in to unmask]
>Fax:  (859) 572-6093
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>Participation by graduate students engaged in new research in Technical
>Communication is especially encouraged.
>
>All participants at the MLA convention must be members of the Modern
>Language Association by 1 April 2004. Papers are strictly limited to 15
>minutes in reading length, as per MLA regulations; session chairs will stop
>those who exceed this limit. Proposals should also state what kinds(s) of
>audio-visual equipment, if any, will be needed, if the paper is accepted.
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