The First Wave (1953–1961) of the Professionalization Movement in Technical Communication

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Purpose: To demonstrate that the professionalization of our field is a long-term project that has included achievements as well as setbacks and delays

Methods: Archival research and analysis.

Results: Many of the professionalization issues that we are discussing and pursuing today find their genesis—or at least have antecedents—in the work of the founders of the profession in the 1950s.

Conclusions: Our appraisal of our professionalization gains must be tempered by a certain amount of realism and an awareness of the history of the professionalism movement in technical communication.


Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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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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