Technical Communication Research: Invitation to Participate

Subject: Technical Communication Research: Invitation to Participate
From: DShapir1 -at- bwiil -dot- jnj -dot- com
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 2 Sep 2001 3:53:53

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Dear Technical Communicator:

You are invited to participate in an academic research project on
communication and personality types.

Participation Details

* If you choose to participate in this study, you will receive within a
couple of months a url for accessing an online survey that gathers
background information about you, your work, and your personality (using
"Big Five" personality model).

* The time requirement to complete the survey is 20 minutes. No further
participation is needed.

* You may choose to receive a summary of the results of the study but are
not required to.

How to Participate

To participate in this study, please return the sample email (located at
end of this email) to debbies -at- barak-online -dot- net
<mailto:debbies -at- barak-online -dot- net>. This information is required to
your participation in this study. Also, if you know of other technical
communicators who might be interested, you may forward this invitation on

If you choose to complete this survey, all results will remain anonymous
and cannot be traced back to you. The survey tool may record your e-mail
address; however, to assure your anonymity it is not included in the data
used for analysis. Your answers may be saved and used in subsequent
analysis. Your name will not be sold or given to any other party.

About the Big 5 Personality Model

The personality portion of the survey is an on-line version of the
International Personality Item Pool (IPIP) representation of a Five Factor
Inventory that examines five different dimensions of personality (the Big
Five). This version of the personality survey was designed by a
researcher specifically for the purpose of internet-based research, and is
used with permission. For more details, you may refer to the following
* The Big Five Quickstart: An Introduction to the Five-Factor Model of
Personality for Human Resource Professionals:
* A Broad-Bandwidth, Public-Domain, Personality Inventory Measuring
the Lower-Level Facets of Several Five-Factor Models:

About the Surveyor

I am currently pursuing my Masters in Technical Authorship from
Sheffield-Hallam University, UK, and this research project is part of my
thesis. My studies in Technical Communication and interest in psychology
have led me to wonder if there are certain personality characteristics
technical communicators may have in common. Basically, I would like to
out more about the personality characteristics of people who are (or were)
employed as technical communicators, or are studying some aspect of
technical communication. Do we have characteristics in common with each
other? How do we differ? Are there correlations between certain
characteristics and certain focus areas of technical communication?

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me. Otherwise,
you want to participate, just complete the email response below and email
to me.

Thank you for participating!

Debbie Shapiro
Technical Communicator
debbies -at- barak-online -dot- net <mailto: debbies -at- barak-online -dot- net>
POB 44417, Haifa 31444, Israel



Yes, I would like to particpate in your research on Personality
Characteristics of Technical Communicators.

I am, or have been employed, as a technical communicator/writer, or am
studying technical communication/writing.

I understand my participation in the survey is anonymous and that the
results of this research may be saved and used in subsequent analysis.

Please check one:
___ I would like to receive a summary of the results once they are
(early 2002).
___ I am willing to participate in the survey, but am not interested in
receiving a summary of the results.

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