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Contesting the objectivist paradigm: gender issues in the technical and professional communication curriculum

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1 Author(s)
L. E. Brasseur ; Dept. of English, Illinois State Univ., Normal, IL, USA

The inclusion of a course in gender issues in a technical communication curriculum affords students the opportunity to confront objectivist and rationalist paradigms still found in the discourse of technical communication. The theoretical and practical foundations of a course that examines feminist inquiry into the production and dissemination of knowledge, as well as the language practices associated with professional writing and communication, are discussed. Issues of gender roles within organizational collaborative work groups, as well as issues related to gendered assumptions in science and technology, are also integral parts of the course design. A description of objectives, assignments, and tests for the course, as well as a full syllabus, are included

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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 3 )