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Technical Assistance for Writers in the Workplace: Some Heuristic Uses of Professional Writing Techniques in a Multiauthor Writing Process

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Abstract:

Linda Flower's work serves as the basis for devising writing technical assistance in three case studies of multiauthor reports. One major barrier to audience-based writing, planning--and, hence, producing readable text--is the writer-based structure embodied in a project's work program. Writing technical assistance can help displace this structure by various means, including collaborative writing. But the interaction between the two activities basic to writing--creating specific audience-based goals and devising a new hierarchical structure for content knowledge--remains unclear in theory and in practice.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1996

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