Discussions About the Technical Communication Profession: Perspectives from the Blogosphere

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Abstract:

Purpose: To examine how blogs reflect practitioner views of professionalization topics (such as education, professional societies, and value and status).

Method: Content analysis of 10 practitioner blogs, focusing on professional topics of status, education, professional societies, and the effects of technology.

Results: Although the bloggers under study appear to function as an effective community of practice, they are not currently directing their actions or attention toward the traditional goals of professionalization, such as licensing and accreditation.

Conclusions: The latent themes that emerge show that many of the goals of professionalizing (such as standardizing routes into the field and increasing respect for the work) are also concerns of practitioners.

Keywords: BLOGS; CONTENT ANALYSIS; EDUCATION; PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES; PROFESSIONALIZATION; STATUS; TECHNOLOGY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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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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