Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Communication Disorders, Special Education & Disability Services

First Advisor

Lori Lombard

Second Advisor

Lisa Hammett Price

Third Advisor

Erin Clark

Abstract

Computer-based simulation has been utilized in various fields to supplement traditional didactic learning to develop clinical competence skills without compromising patient safety. To date, there is no existing evidence of the effects of computer-based simulation in the field of speech-language pathology. Thus, an analysis of the effects of implementing computer-based simulation in speech-language pathology is needed to explore the potential advantages to developing clinicians that the platform could serve. The current study focused specifically on first-year graduate students in speech-language pathology that were beginning their third semester of a five-semester master’s program. Fifteen female participants between the ages of 22 and 29 participated in the study. Each participant was randomized to a simulation group (n=7) or control group (n=8). All participants completed two forms of pre-assessment; a pre-test consisting of six knowledge-based multiple choice questions and The Clinical Self-Efficacy in Patient Centeredness Questionnaire. The simulation group then completed five computer-based simulation case modules in which they were required to read through cases and answer interactive clinical questions based on each case. The control group was given the same five case modules, but in the form of text on paper to emulate traditional didactic learning. After participants completed the six case modules, they were given two forms of post-assessment which were the same six knowledge-based multiple choice questions and The Clinical Self-Efficacy in Patient Centeredness Questionnaire as administered at pre-assessment. Results suggest that computer-based simulation has an effect on knowledge and self-efficacy in speech-language pathology graduate students.

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