Readers Respond We had the honor of participating in the inaugural sessions of Dynamic Learning Groups (DLGs) at the 2008 ASHA convention and decided to share our experience. Each DLG was responsible for setting a group goal for the convention, based on mutual interests of group members. Given ASHA’s focus on ... Inbox
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The ASHA Leader, April 2009, Vol. 14, 2-34. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.14152009.2
The ASHA Leader, April 2009, Vol. 14, 2-34. doi:10.1044/leader.IN5.14152009.2
Dynamic Learning Groups
We had the honor of participating in the inaugural sessions of Dynamic Learning Groups (DLGs) at the 2008 ASHA convention and decided to share our experience. Each DLG was responsible for setting a group goal for the convention, based on mutual interests of group members. Given ASHA’s focus on evidence-based practice (EBP), our group decided to gather information on how EBP was infused into convention presentations.
We concluded that some presenters are very astute in framing their ideas in terms of EBP and diligently acknowledge bias when appropriate. Other presentations—both from professionals and students—seemed to be lacking in EBP content. Presenters at any experience level can develop a quality presentation if the principles of EBP are followed. Each of us left with a renewed sense of commitment to making EBP central to our teaching in higher education.
Our group formulated three recommendations. First, we encourage the ASHA members who review convention submissions to prioritize overt mention of EBP. Second, potential presenters should include statements addressing EBP, including disclosure of bias, and, for quantitative research, identification of the level of evidence. Finally, clearer standards for EBP in qualitative research are needed.
We encourage others to engage in DLGs as a means for focusing on meaningful construction of knowledge during the convention. These benefits and our new collegial connections are much appreciated. Thank you.
Larry Boles, Sacramento, Californiaboles@csus.edu
Amy J. Hadley, Pomona, New Jerseymy.hadley@stockton.edu
Jeanne M. Johnson, Pullman, Washingtonjohnsjm@wsu.edu
Joan A. Luckhurst, Philadephia, Pennsylvanialuckhurst@lasalle.edu
Christine Krkovich, Spokane, Washingtonchristine.leitner.ewu.edu
Great Audiology Information
I was recently catching up on my ASHA Leaders and as usual, I found some great information for audiologists. The portions of the Leader related to audiology provide a quick read and are informative, and there are always these useful little nuggets. I could list multiple articles that I’ve kept, even as a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. I value my ASHA membership as a new AuD. I also highly recommend the Student to Empowered Professional (S.T.E.P.) mentoring program.
Thank you!
Jovona Diggs
San Jose, Californiajovonadiggsaud@live.com
Call for New Caucus
Based on the numerous letters that appeared in the Feb. 10, 2009, issue of The ASHA Leader in response to the letter “Promote Professionalism” (Nov. 25, 2008), I have come to the conclusion that there needs to be a new minority caucus at ASHA for religious and/or conservative members. The letter-writer from Minneapolis, Minn., writing about “Holistic Patient Care,” belied his own insensitivity and cultural bias by insulting those of us who believe that we can treat a client without knowing the who/how of his/her/whatever sexual orientation. He used the terms “ignorance, superstition, and unicultural” to describe me and anybody else who does not actively embrace the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) lifestyle. Maybe he and everyone in the L’GASP-GLBT Caucus should take the time to “understand” me and those of us (in the minority, obviously) who over the years have seen ASHA become an ultra-liberal, anti-conservative organization.
Give me facts/information about how best to treat people who have communication disorders. Stop the politically correct garbage.
Where do I sign up for the Religious/Conservative Caucus?
Jane White
Remsen, New York
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