ERIC Number: ED213715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
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Academic Curriculum and Clinical Practicum--Problems and Proposed Solutions in the Department of Communication Disorders. Hampton Institute. (Final Report).
Pena, Deagelia M.; And Others
A problem solving study focused on the effectiveness of the student speech therapy practicum, part of the speech pathology and audiology program in the Department of Communication Disorders at Hampton Institute (Virginia). The objective was to investigate participants' attitudes toward the program and its problems and provide solutions for planning and maintaining a successful practicum. The practicum places senior or graduate level students in a facility that offers speech-language remediation for children and adults, under the direct supervision of a certified and licensed clinician. To obtain participant perceptions, an interview questionnaire, opinion scale, attitude inventory, and attitude scale were administered to the department's supervising teachers and students and to the facility clinicians. The primary research instrument was the questionnaire, which had different questions for each group, including sections on problems and solutions, expectations, and skills. Lack of opportunity for skills application and lack of necessary skills were the problems most often cited. The students and clinicians agreed that student practicum performance was satisfactory, while the college supervisors gave it a lower rating. The implications of the findings for using competency based teacher education as a solution is discussed. Appendices provide copies of the survey instruments and an analysis of the teamwork used in the data gathering process. (FG)
Descriptors: Clinical Experience, Clinical Teaching (Health Professions), Communication Disorders, Cooperating Teachers, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Participant Characteristics, Program Attitudes, Program Evaluation, Program Improvement, Special Education Teachers, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
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