Monday, May 18, 2009

What do I mean?

As the channels for communication continue to increase then so does the importance of our understanding of writing and communication. Negotiation is key to technical communication today. Not so much for the intransitive form it is so often taken to be, conferring to arrive at a settlement, but for the transitive form, which is to bring about through conference, discussion, and compromise. Negotiated writing is simply writing, created either by a single author or in collaboration, which is shared with a group which offers both discussion and feedback. While this form of writing support has proven effective when writers are situated in a class or workshop setting, we know little about whether or not writers can recreate negotiated writing for their personal and professional writing purposes after leaving the class or workshop.

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