Engaging Undergraduate Students in Child Language Research To better prepare the professionals and scholars of tomorrow in the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD), a research project in which undergraduate students collected and analyzed language samples of child-parent dyads is presented. Student researchers gained broad and discipline-specific inquiry skills related to the ethical conduct of research, ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2014
Engaging Undergraduate Students in Child Language Research
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jade H. Coston
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
  • Corine Myers-Jennings
    Communication Sciences & Disorders, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA
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Article   |   June 01, 2014
Engaging Undergraduate Students in Child Language Research
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2014, Vol. 17, 4-16. doi:10.1044/aihe17.1.4
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2014, Vol. 17, 4-16. doi:10.1044/aihe17.1.4

To better prepare the professionals and scholars of tomorrow in the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD), a research project in which undergraduate students collected and analyzed language samples of child-parent dyads is presented. Student researchers gained broad and discipline-specific inquiry skills related to the ethical conduct of research, the literature review process, data collection using language assessment techniques, language sample analysis, and research dissemination. Undergraduate students majoring in CSD developed clinical research knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for future graduate level study and professional employment. In addition to the benefits of student growth and development, language samples collected through this project are helping to answer research questions regarding communicative turn-taking opportunities within the everyday routines of young children, the effects of turn-taking interactions on language development, and the construct validity of language sampling analysis techniques.

Acknowledgments
This project was funded by Valdosta State University as part of the university's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which focused on undergraduate engagement in discipline-based inquiry.
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