While this all may seem obvious, its a position that I can use to foreground my on the exam. I need be conscious of -- and describe -- my rhetorical orientation and how it will/does guide my interpretation of usability results. This is important, as the exam will not be the usability and IA analysis, it will only be a discussion of the results of the analyses.
My rhetorical orientation is going to filter the results. So how does one go about recognizing and describing one's rhetorical orientation? I can start by asking a set of questions that Sullivan & Porter presented to their study subject:
- What are my general beliefs about the way discourse works -- what is my model of communication?
- Where do I place priority in writing -- who do I measure effective writing?
- What are my attitudes toward authority -- who do I look to for validation of my perceptions an conclusions?
- To what degree am I an advocate for the texts/systems I will be evaluating?