2017 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, Ohio, June 25-28
This study aims to develop an effective curriculum plan to improve technical writing in higher education in China. The paper first investigated the deficiency in the curriculum design in China for English technical writing by comparing the required courses offered in Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU) in China with those in Old Dominion University (ODU) in US. Questionnaires and interviews were then conducted among studying abroad Chinese students, visiting scholars, English as Second Language (ESL) instructors as well as engineering professors. The collected data revealed that the oversea Chinese students were struggled more with higher order concerns in writing than lower order ones. This comparison and survey led to the development of a curriculum plan that includes both Chinese and English writing classes for all majors in an engineering college in China.
Original Publication Citation
Zhong, F., & Hou, G. (2017). An integrated curriculum for technical writing in higher education in China. Paper presented at the 2017 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Columbus, Ohio.
Zhong, Feifei and Hou, Gene, "An Integrated Curriculum for Technical Writing in Higher Education in China" (2017). Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Faculty Publications. 83.