Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech: Emphasis in Speech Pathology/Audiology


Speech Communication

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1 online resource (81 p.)


Speech therapy -- Study and teaching, Analysis of behaviors of the clinician system




The major goal of supervisors in the area of Speech Pathology is to help student clinicians improve efficiency and effectiveness in attaining a therapeutic goal. This study was designed to provide systemic feedback of recorded data to student clinicians to determine the effect of a particular supervisory instrument on the future performance of inexperienced clinicians. The subjects for this study were six beginning student clinicians in Speech Pathology at Portland State University, two of which were randomly selected to represent the control group.

All of the clinicians were observed for a randomly selected consecutive five-minute period from each of six management sessions. During these observations a content analysis was made of the interactions between the clinicians and their clients. The Analysis of Behavior of the Clinician (ABC) System, developed by Schubert and Miner (1971) was used to record interactions on a three-second interval schedule. The observation sessions for the control group coincided in time with the experimental group’s observation sessions, though no feedback was given to the control clinicians and they were unaware that tracking was done.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Speech Communication: Emphasis Speech Pathology and Audiology

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