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Genre, rhetorical interpretation, and the open case: teaching the analytical report

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2 Author(s)
Johnson Sheehan, R. ; Dept. of English, New Mexico Univ., Albuquerque, NM, USA ; Flood, A.

Analytical reports, being one of the most difficult genres to teach in a technical writing course, are best taught through the “open case” method. Open cases take advantage of the fact that students are already situated in a workplace environment, the college campus. Engineering students can use the genre to impose order on this chaotic environment, conducting various forms of research on engineering-related campus issues. A process for developing open case assignments is provided

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Professional Communication, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:42 ,  Issue: 1 )