Date of Award:

12-2008

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Arts (MA)

Department:

English

Advisor/Chair:

Ryan Moeller

Abstract

This thesis addresses the need to claim creativity as an essential component to our technical communication curricula as we prepare students for what their managers want. While many technical communication programs at universities across the country have recognized a need to teach skills beyond 'writing technically,' few, if any, have addressed or 'claimed' a concept such as creativity that helps build these skills. I argue that creativity is what managers are looking for and what technical communication programs are already implementing. Claiming this concept will help us further define a discipline that is becoming much richer and help students develop an understanding of what they will be expected to do. Furthermore, this thesis examines a creative process whereby technical communicators can learn and practice creative abilities. Ultimately, the present study examines four pedagogical theories to consider for the implementation of creativity into the technical communication curricula.

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