RE: [TCP] certification (was: ranting STC)

Subject: RE: [TCP] certification (was: ranting STC)
From: "Lauren" <lt34 -at- csus -dot- edu>
To: "'Chris Borokowski'" <athloi -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 13:11:56 -0800

Is this a battle over the value of high school education over a higher
education for technical writing? Is is a difference in definitions of terms?
Or what?

It seems like there might be a difference of terms here for "usability" and
"meeting deadlines."

Usability, from my understanding, for high school is usability as a high
school paper with a general audience. Usability in technical writing is
usability as a manual, white paper, plan, or other technical document and
with a more specific audience.

Meeting deadlines in high school, means to turn something in on time whether
it is good or not. There is a lot of latitude in quality requirements for
high school papers that does not exist in technical writing, so meeting a
deadline will have a different context between the two disciplines (if high
school success can be a discipline). Also, meeting a technical writing
deadline will require some project management and that is not taught in high
school. If it is taught at some high school, then it is not likely at the
level it is in a higher education.

Lauren

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> Behalf Of Chris Borokowski
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> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: RE: [TCP] certification (was: ranting STC)
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>
> Were you ever assigned papers to write? Were they intended to
> be read by others?
>
> --- Dan Goldstein <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> > Who was your high school teacher for Usability and Meeting
> Deadlines?
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