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Technological Skill as Technological Literacy: An Argument for the Value of Writers’ Skill with Information Technology

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This article argues that skill with information technology should be considered a core competency of technical communicators. It describes an ethnographic study of how technical communicators coordinate texts and the information technologies used to produce and manipulate them. The article identifies several of the writers' techniques for using texts and information technology that might serve as a basis for discussing technological literacy. Finally, this article argues that it is skill with information technolgoy that enables technical communicators to use higher order competencies such as teamwork and problem solving.
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Document Type: Journal Article

Publication date: 2005-08-01

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  • Technical Communication, the Society's journal, publishes articles about the practical application of technical communication theory and serves as a common arena for discussion by practitioners. Technical Communication includes both quantitative and qualitative research while showcasing the work of some of the field's most noteworthy writers. Among its most popular features are the helpful book reviews. Technical Communication is published quarterly and is free with membership.
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