Meeting students where they are: Advancing a theory and practice of archives in the classroom

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This article uses theories of technical communication and archives to advance a pedagogy that includes archival production in the technical communication classroom. By developing and maintaining local classroom archives, students directly engage in valuable processes of appraisal, selection, collaboration, and retention. The anticipated outcomes of this work are the critical practice of making connections, the decentering of the self, the ability to work through noise, and the ability to imagine future users of the archive. The authors conclude that local classroom archives are one new means of meaningful instruction in the technical communication classroom and the local archive concept has great potential for further development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-191
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Technical Writing and Communication
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication

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