Research Request

Subject: Research Request
From: Michael Gos <mgos -at- lee -dot- edu>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2000 12:25:06 -0600

I am researching a particular kind of on-the-job culture clash in technical
writers, that is, the juxtaposition of the disciplines of English and Science
(or math, or engineering). I am interested in hearing from anyone who
experiences job dissonance because of this apparent clash.

Often viewed as incompatible, English and Science come together in a unique
way in the career of tech writer. While there has been much work about the
difficult relationships between writers and SMEs, there is less known about
internal conflicts.

I know this is a vague definition of what I'm looking for, but since this
is passive descriptive research, an early phase of variable identification,
I really don't know what I'll find. Essentially, if this idea of a clash,
dissonance or incompatibility feels right, and it seems to be about the
Englsih/Science juxtaposition, I'd like to hear from you.

Dr. Michael W. Gos
Department of English and Communications
Lee College
Baytown, Texas 77522
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"My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am."




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