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Professionalization of Technical Communication: Zeitgeist for Our Age Introduction to This Special Issue (Part 1)

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Purpose: To trace the contemporary currents of professionalization for technical communication and our watershed initiatives in recent history.

Methods: Analysis of literature, including social media, and conversations with our thought leaders.

Results: Two of the three established processes for professional identity are described; the third process will take shape in the next issue of Technical Communication.

Conclusions: We have emerging paradigms for the body of knowledge, evolving consensus on core competencies, and economic markers of disciplinary status.
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Keywords: BODY OF KNOWLEDGE; CORE COMPETENCIES; DISCIPLINARY STATUS; PROFESSIONALIZATION

Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: 2011-11-01

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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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