Case Studies of Professional Writing in the Workplace: Insights for the Classroom

By:
Dr. Mark Mabrito
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Writing in the classroom may not accurately reflect the ways in which writing occurs in the workplace. By understanding the writing practices of writers in the workplace, professional writing instructors can present better-informed models of writing to students in the introductory professional writing course. This article reviews the literature of writing in the workplace, presents two case studies of on-the-job writers — an experienced and novice supervisor in a steel plant, and suggests how we might use this information to shape our approach to teaching the introductory professional writing course.


Keywords: Writing Instruction, Workplace Writing, Professional Writing
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Case Studies of Professional Writing in the Workplace


Dr. Mark Mabrito

Associate Professor of English, English Department, Purdue University Calumet
USA

Mark Mabrito is an associate professor of English at Purdue University Calumet, where he has taught for the past 16 years. He teaches courses in business and technical writing and Web design and helps to coordinate the professional writing major. Mabrito has a doctoral degree in English from Illinois State University. He has published articles and book chapters in the areas of online education, professional writing, and writing apprehension. Mabrito also has made presentations on online learning at various state and national conferences, both on-site and online.

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