Cultivating conditions for access: A case for ''case-making'' in graduate student preparation for interdisciplinary research

Mark Hannah, Alex Arreguin

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Abstract

Gaining access to interdisciplinary research sites poses unique research challenges to technical and professional communication scholars and practitioners. Drawing on applied experiences in externally funded interdisciplinary research projects and scholarship about interdisciplinary research, this article describes a training protocol for preparing graduate students to understand the dynamic nature of access in interdisciplinary work as well as to develop a capacity for making a case about the value of their expertise in interdisciplinary research contexts. The authors situate the training protocol in the context of three distinct phases of case-making (individual, relational, and speculative) and note how the conditions for negotiating access vary within and across these phases. The authors conclude by describing implications to graduate students and faculty for theorizing access in this way and developing training to support graduate students' negotiation of access in interdisciplinary work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages172-193
Number of pages22
Volume47
No2
Specialist publicationJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Access
  • Applied rhetoric
  • Expertise
  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Professional status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication

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