SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: RE: SIGIA-L: certification?
Re: RE: SIGIA-L: certification?
From: Eric Reiss (reiss_at_cbc.dk)
Date: Wed Jun 14 2000 - 11:04:06 EDT
Dear Phill and James,
Sorry for venting my spleen earlier, but I've seen too many graduates of
cert programs who aren't really very good at what they do. Just think of
all the lousy drivers that all took a driving test at some point in their
I certainly didn't mean to sound either anti-intellectual or anti-academic
either - on the contrary, I'm a BIG believer in the value of education and
have my cum laude to prove it. But I do think that the basic, measurable
skills are fairly easily learned.
In my office, I have a slim, 24-page booklet that I bought when I entered
high school. It's called Preparing the Research Paper, by Lorraine F.
Dangle and Alice M. Haussman (College Entrance Publications, third edition
1963). It covers everything from notetaking, to research, to information
chunking, to structuring and writing. Not bad for a book that first came
out in 1955.
The problem, as I see it is, that being a GOOD IA depends less on WHAT you
think than on HOW you think. As such, where you picked up your basic
skills is perhaps of secondary importance.
Cross-Border Communications A/S
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