Playing with Techne: A Propaedeutic for Technical Communication

Ryan Moeller, Ken McAllister

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Frustrated by textbooks that push technical communication students prematurely into workplace scenarios, as well as theories that condemn techne in order to advance a particular agenda, we offer a perspective on techne that respects the formative-not professional-situation of technical writing students and emphasizes the importance for technical writers to attend to history, artistry, and well-developed social relations in their work. We offer historically grounded, creative meditations on techne that emphasize its manifold nature: it is conversational, ingenious, cunning, full of trickery, and unpredictably artistic. Such meditations can replace overly complex workplace scenarios in technical communication classrooms, particularly when an instructor wishes to emphasize knowledge making rather than the mechanics and politics of document production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-206
Number of pages22
JournalInternational journal of phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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