ERIC Number: ED384178
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Improving Writing Skills in Speech-Language Pathology Graduate Students through a Clinical Writing Course.
This practicum sought to improve the clinical writing skills of speech-language pathology graduate students, through the development and implementation of a pilot course. The problem of poor or inadequate clinical report writing skills resulted in an excessive time lapse between client contact and receipt of a final clinical report documenting results and recommendations. Findings from the literature regarding problems in report writing were reviewed. A clinical writing course was then designed and implemented for 60 students. The course format utilized a combination of lecture, discussion, providing sample reports, critiquing clinical writing, microtheme strategies, and journal writing in order to bring about change in students' writing content and style. Goals included reduction in report turnaround time, fewer rewrites of clinical reports, and fewer supervisor notations for each initial report draft. Practicum results were positive, although projected outcomes were not met. It is recommended that a clinical writing course be offered for one semester as part of the master's program for speech-language pathology students and that a sample report book be made available for speech-language students. Appendices offer a course syllabus and examples of microtheme assignments. (Contains 28 references.) (SW)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.