Student Perspectives of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Clinical Provision and Supervision We conducted a survey to investigate student perceptions of an interdisciplinary clinical practicum and to identify beneficial interdisciplinary supervisory practices. Seven speech-language pathology and audiology graduate students participated in an interdisciplinary clinical practicum supervised by 1 speech-language pathology faculty member and 1 audiology faculty member. During this experience, students collaborated ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2012
Student Perspectives of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Clinical Provision and Supervision
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  • Jessica J. Messersmith
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
  • Kyle Brouwer
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
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Article   |   June 01, 2012
Student Perspectives of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Clinical Provision and Supervision
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2012, Vol. 15, 38-43. doi:10.1044/ihe15.1.38
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2012, Vol. 15, 38-43. doi:10.1044/ihe15.1.38

We conducted a survey to investigate student perceptions of an interdisciplinary clinical practicum and to identify beneficial interdisciplinary supervisory practices. Seven speech-language pathology and audiology graduate students participated in an interdisciplinary clinical practicum supervised by 1 speech-language pathology faculty member and 1 audiology faculty member. During this experience, students collaborated with others outside of their department to plan and provide aural habilitation at a university speech and hearing clinic. Students’ responses to Likert-scale and open-ended questions indicated that the interdisciplinary practicum experience enhanced the students’ clinical knowledge and ability to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team. The results of the study provide support for increasing interdisciplinary practicum experiences within graduate clinician training, as well as conducting future research to identify best practices when providing cross-disciplinary supervision.

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