Genre, rhetorical interpretation, and the open case

Teaching the analytical report

Richard Johnson Sheehan, Andrew Mara

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-31
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Case
  • Engineering
  • Genre
  • Interpretation
  • Pedagogy
  • Report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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Genre, rhetorical interpretation, and the open case : Teaching the analytical report. / Sheehan, Richard Johnson; Mara, Andrew.

In: IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Vol. 42, No. 1, 1999, p. 20-31.

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