We need to begin to develop a new generation of textbooks that reflect the changes occurring in computers and workplace writing and that prepare our students to deal with these changes. Yet given the rapid pace of development in computer technology and applications, what do we say? And what sorts of information, perspectives, and strategies concerning technology should be included?
This presentation considers the place of computer technology in business writing textbooks. Based upon her experience in co-authoring a business writing text that assumes a technological diverse and complex work environment, the presenter speculates about the following:
* What assumptions can we make about whatsstudents know and feel about technology? What can we not assume? And what can we assume or not assume that teachers of business writing know?
* What uses of technology are central to business writing, and what are peripheral?
* What aspects of business writing now assume some sortsof technological component? And how should these aspects affect business writing texts?
* What effects of technology on the production, genres, and style of discourse should be addressed?
* What issues concerning technology must be raised and discussed if we wish students to become reflective about and ethical in their use of technology?
* What sorts of activities and projects can help facilitate growth in our students' use of technology?
Based upon an extensive textbook review which preceded the submission of her book, the presenter also describes the ways in which technology is generally addressed in business writing textbooks and how marketfactors seem to be affecting (both positively and negatively) how much is said about technology and what topics are covered. Finally, the presenter recommends what we can do to encourage the development of a new generation of textbooks that will truly prepare students to write in a technologically advanced workplace.
Author: Judith Kilborn
Target Audience: Not Applicable