Using charettes to perform civic engagement in technical communication classrooms and workplaces

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Abstract

Charettes offer a productive way of combining theory and practice to address some of the difficult matters of getting students to see and perform technical communication as students, professionals, servers, and citizens. This collaborative activity helps students prepare for an increasingly modular professional world by revealing the contingent rhetoricity of professional autonomy. Charettes can help technical writing programs and students integrate service and civic learning into the curriculum by using indigenous professional genres that actively demand stakeholder participation. The intensity and pragmatic force of charettes can assist students in building their ethos while working with fellow stakeholders. The wide range of possible documents involved in the process associated with charettes can help technical communication students and teachers explore the connections between rhetorical exigencies and genre and put their skills to good use in a culture where many are looking for new ways to build critical citizenship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-236
Number of pages22
JournalTechnical Communication Quarterly
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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Using charettes to perform civic engagement in technical communication classrooms and workplaces. / Mara, Andrew.

In: Technical Communication Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 2, 01.01.2006, p. 215-236.

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