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Survey to be taken by TC practitioners (10 questions)
NOTE: This survey is for tech comm practitioners (e.g., tech writers working for companies). If you're a tech comm academic, take this survey instead:
The following open-ended questions are designed to capture, in an unbiased way, the thoughts and attitudes that TC practitioners have towards TC academics as members of the same field. You can answer as many questions as you like. Your answers are anonymous. Trends in responses will be collected for a follow-up survey that will be administered in a more quantitative way.
Are you a TC practitioner?
1. What contributions do you think academics make to the tech comm profession? Why do you think this?
2. How well do academics understand the challenges and issues in the practitioner’s workplace? What factors affect their understanding?
3. Is academic research relevant to you? Why or why not?
4. Does academic research contribute to best practices or approaches in the field? Explain why you believe this situation to be the case.
5. Do you trust advice academics might provide on professional practices, on theories that should guide action, or some other factor? Why or why not?
6. Would you recommend that students (or transitioning professionals) enroll in a TC academic program? Why or why not? What factors influence your answer here? For example, would you recommend certain programs but not others?
7. Are academics preparing the next generation of technical writers to succeed? Why or why not?
8. Do you read academic publications? If yes, which ones and why? If not, why not?
9. Which is more important -- theoretical knowledge about best practices in technical communication, or technical expertise relating to tools, programming languages, and platforms? Do academics have good technical skills?
10. Should practitioners and academics complement each other like two sides of a coin? Why or why not? Explain.
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