ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Commun Sci Disord. 2017;22(4): 837-850.
Published online December 31, 2017.
doi: https://doi.org/10.12963/csd.17427
A Survey on Clinical Practicums in Graduate School Departments of Communication Disorders
Hwa Young Pyo
Department of Speech-Language Pathology, College of Health Science, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea
Corresponding Author: Hwa Young Pyo ,Tel: +82-62-230-6188, Fax: +82-62-230-6271, Email: entvoice@chosun.ac.kr
Received September 18, 2017  Revised: November 30, 2017   Accepted December 5, 2017
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ABSTRACT
Objectives
The present study investigated the actual conditions of clinical practicums in departments of communication disorders in graduate schools and considers how they can be improved.
Methods
A questionnaire composed of 24 questions was sent to 27 graduate schools as an online survey.
Results
Of the 25 schools that responded, 21 had clinical practicums in their curriculums. Clinical practicums were usually open to students in their 3rd semester. Most students were trained in practical training centers on campus or speech & language clinics cooperating with academic institutions. Individuals with developmental language delay and speech sound disorders were the patients who participated in the practicums most frequently. Supervisors were usually professors of the schools and/or speech-language pathologists belonging to an outside institute. They usually supervised 1 to 10 students in a semester and spent 5 or 6 hours on supervisory work in a week. Most of the schools made their students evaluate the degree of satisfaction with the training after the termination of the practicum.
Conclusion
Clinical practicums in graduate schools usually involved various patients with different communication disorders and placed students under experienced supervisors. However, there were also some problems, including scheduling for students with jobs and supervisors’ heavy workloads. These issues can be addressed through closer cooperation between faculties, students, and supervisors.
Keywords: Graduate school | Clinical practicum | Survey
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