Communication Patterns of Engineers

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Wiley, Jun 10, 2004 - Science - 380 pages
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Advance Praise for Communication Patterns of Engineers:

"Carol Tenopir and Donald King offer an astute presentation and analysis of what is known about production, transfer, and use of knowledge by engineers. Their book offers the most current thinking about the communication patterns of engineers. . . . It should broaden the view of students; serve as a valuable resource for scholars and researchers; and help practitioners shape policy, manage knowledge, and provide information services."
–Dr. Thomas E. Pinelli
NASA Langley Research Center

"This book presents, reviews, and analyzes data from research studies covering a broad array of relevant aspects of engineering communication, and creates a good picture of the complexities of ‘engineering’ as a field. Engineering educators and librarians will find useful direction and support in this book as they plan and collaborate on engineering education programs and library services for engineers. "
–Kate Thomes
Head of the Bevier Engineering Library, University of Pittsburgh

Communication Patterns of Engineers brings together, summarizes, and analyzes the research on how engineers communicate, presenting benchmark data and identifying gaps in the existing research. Written by two renowned experts in this area, the text:

  • Compares engineering communication patterns with those of science and medicine
  • Offers information on improving engineering communication skills, including the use of communication tools to address engineering departments’ concerns about the inadequacies of communication by engineers
  • Provides strong conclusions to address what lessons engineering educators, librarians, and communication professionals can learn from the research presented

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About the author (2004)

CAROL TENOPIR, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to four books, Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles. Since 1983 she has been writing the "Online Databases" column for Library Journal. Dr. Tenopir is a frequent speaker at professional conferences and has earned numerous teaching and research awards.

DONALD W. KING, a statistician, has researched science, engineering, and medical communication for over forty years. He has authored or edited sixteen books, two of them award winners, and in the late 1970s he was named as one of the ten most-cited authors in the information field. Among numerous awards, he was named Pioneer in Science Information (Chemical Heritage Foundation).

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