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Challenges for undergraduate speech pathology students undertaking cross-cultural clinical placements

Trembath, David, Wales, Sally and Balandin, Susan 2005, Challenges for undergraduate speech pathology students undertaking cross-cultural clinical placements, International journal of language and communication disorders, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 83-98, doi: 10.1080/13682820410001726315.

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Title Challenges for undergraduate speech pathology students undertaking cross-cultural clinical placements
Author(s) Trembath, David
Wales, Sally
Balandin, SusanORCID iD for Balandin, Susan orcid.org/0000-0003-4765-8232
Journal name International journal of language and communication disorders
Volume number 40
Issue number 1
Start page 83
End page 98
Total pages 16
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1368-2822
1460-6984
Keyword(s) Clinical education
Complex communication needs
Cross-cultural practice
Summary Background: Two Australian undergraduate speech pathology students completed a series of clinical placements working with people with complex communication needs in cross-cultural contexts. Aims: To describe the challenges that the students faced and how best to prepare future students for such experiences. Methods & Procedures: The students completed the placements in Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, India and South Africa. They used personal journaling to record their experiences. The students used the journals as the basis for reflective discussion when considering the challenges they experienced in applying their knowledge and skills. Outcomes & Results: The challenges were (1) to prepare adequately ahead of the placements; (2) to select appropriate models of service delivery; (3) to use existing service approaches, resources and infrastructure appropriately; (4) to access professional support; (5) to define their professional role; (6) to manage variable shared language proficiency; (7) to adapt personally; and (8) to work using an undergraduate level of knowledge, skills and experience. Conclusions: The students encountered challenges related to their clinical preparation and their capacity to adapt in both a professional and personal sense. Future students preparing to undertake such placements need to attain at least minimum clinical competencies before placements. They will be helped if they have some clinical experience in working with people with complex communication needs in cross-cultural contexts, information about the cultures they will visit, and if they set professional and personal learning goals for each clinical placement. This preparation will aid students in maximizing their learning experience.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13682820410001726315
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30067082

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