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IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Issue 4 • Date Dec 1991

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  • Public policy and technical communication across the curriculum at the Colorado School of Mines

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):240 - 246
    Cited by:  Papers (2)
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    Many engineering students are unprepared to address public policy issues because their education is fragmented: they tend to focus narrowly on technical solutions to closed-end problems in engineering and science courses, and they do not see how technical communication relates to either engineering or public policy. A multidisciplinary approach to professional communication which addresses this fr... View full abstract»

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  • Influencing public policy through information sharing

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):228 - 232
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    The data collected in electronic databases by government agencies, universities, and private organizations could be of use to a public increasingly interested in participating in public policy formation. However, because most users lack skill in communicating with computers and because institutions resist the dissemination of databases, this information is not widely accessible to the public in fo... View full abstract»

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  • Technical information and the 1989 debate about high definition TV

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):206 - 210
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    In 1989 a bipartisan group of US congressmen attempted to use high-definition television (HDTV) as a vehicle to redirect government policy toward the consumer electronics industry. The authors explore why that effort ultimately failed. It is noted that important technical issues were rarely reflected accurately in the public policy debate. In spite of efforts by the IEEE, engineers were largely ab... View full abstract»

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  • Communicating in public policy matters: addressing the problem of non-congruent sites of discourse

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):247 - 254
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    It is noted that communication scholars and teachers agree that the first step in joining a community is to learn the conventions of discourse of the target discipline. But argument in public policy arenas often involves multiple disciplines and must address ethical as well as technical issues. The authors term such discourse forums `noncongruent sites' and explore the problem of how to determine ... View full abstract»

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  • The lessons of the Challenger investigations

    Publication Year: 1991, Page(s):211 - 216
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    It is pointed out that, both in methodology and in findings, the investigations of the Challenger disaster by a Presidential Commission and by a Congressional committee demonstrate that even in highly technical matters meaning is socially constructed. The author examines the evidence and testimony before the investigating bodies and finds that, before the launch, NASA officials construed informati... View full abstract»

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