Extended Abstract: Making Design Thinking Genre Knowledge: Embodiment, Typification, and Engineering Design

J. Scott Weedon, T. Kenny Fountain

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Abstract

Due to the designerly nature of technical and professional communication (TPC), theoretical and methodological efforts to accentuate the link between TPC and design thinking need to consider what the two domains of practice might share. One approach to meet this need is to view the teaching of the design process in light of the rhetorical approach to genre as social action. Drawing from rhetorical genre theory, the authors articulate the design process as a kind of embodied genre composed of bodily actions and orientations to tools, texts, and environments. Using observational fieldnotes from an engineering design course, the authors report how a repertoire of embodied routines is demonstrated for students as a genre and later employed in their design work. The study uses rhetorical genre theory as a way of conceiving design thinking for TPC classroom's and beyond.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages69-70
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781728125664
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2019 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: Jul 23 2019Jul 26 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE International Professional Communication Conference
Volume2019-July
ISSN (Print)2158-091X
ISSN (Electronic)2158-1002

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, ProComm 2019
CountryGermany
CityAachen
Period07/23/1907/26/19

Keywords

  • design thinking
  • engineering design
  • genre theory

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