Student Self-Directed Professional Development as a Formative Assessment Skill While professional development is most typically thought of as continuing education beyond the master’s degree, we have formulated a process for master’s degree students in speech-language pathology to identify and self-evaluate their own professional development. Current standards for preparing graduate students in speech-language pathology focus primarily on introducing students to ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2008
Student Self-Directed Professional Development as a Formative Assessment Skill
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Paul W. Cascella
    Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY
  • Donald A. Vogel
    Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY
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Article   |   June 01, 2008
Student Self-Directed Professional Development as a Formative Assessment Skill
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2008, Vol. 11, 4-8. doi:10.1044/ihe11.1.4
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2008, Vol. 11, 4-8. doi:10.1044/ihe11.1.4
Abstract

While professional development is most typically thought of as continuing education beyond the master’s degree, we have formulated a process for master’s degree students in speech-language pathology to identify and self-evaluate their own professional development. Current standards for preparing graduate students in speech-language pathology focus primarily on introducing students to an extensive array of academic and clinical topics (e.g., disorders, conditions, service delivery models, evidence-based practice). However, indirect support for self-directed professional development can be found in two CAA standards, Standard 3.1B (i.e., “breadth and depth of the scope of practice”) and Standard 4.2 (i.e., reasonable accommodations). The authors describe a series of self-reflection activities that are integrated within speech-language pathology course work for the purpose of fostering professional development at the preservice level. Student comments and outcomes to date are described.

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