Jennifer A. Turns
T C 502
Introduction to empirical traditions that inform research and practice in field of technical communication. Topics include epistemological assumptions underlying empirical research, empirical methods, and survey of results of empirical research on effects of text and visual media on comprehension, recall, and performance. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
In this course, we will explore how research functions as a knowledge-construction activity intended to further our understanding of the material world and of each other. Research is also a social practice which often is embedded in researchersí beliefs about the nature of reality, truth, and humanity itself. The readings in this course collectively will provide background on a number of research traditions, on the philosophy of science, and on related research articles from the leading Technical Communication journals.
Student learning goals
1. Strategically read published research articles
2. Evaluate published research using a set of guiding principles derived from this class
3. Critically reflect on the basic assumptions underlying a variety of research practices
4.Discern the impact of cultural influences on research design, data analysis, and the reporting of findings
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
In this class, students will be expected to complete reading assignments, participate in class discussions, and complete a series of written assignments.