WKU Student Sharon Calvino successfully defends thesis project
- Author: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) student, SHaron Calvino, successfully defended her thesis project this semester.
Full-time distance graduate student Sharon Calvino is a speech-language pathology assistant from Greenville, South Carolina. Calvino’s parents instilled in her a love for reading and for serving those in need around her. Upon entering graduate school at WKU, she immediately knew she wanted to take the literacy elective and a study abroad course. Through these experiences, as well as her growing awareness of literacy needs through her volunteer work, her interest in literacy grew and she knew this would be the topic for her thesis. Her research work focused on whether graduate training in literacy, post-graduate training in literacy, or a combination of both relates with speech-language pathologists’ (SLPs’) feelings of confidence in implementing literacy intervention. Results revealed that SLPs who received both graduate and post-graduate training were significantly more confident than SLPs who had only graduate or post-graduate training. Descriptive statistics revealed that only 38% of SLPs received any type of graduate school literacy training but 86% of SLPs received some type of post-graduate literacy training. The study found that graduate literacy training is infrequent and lacking in thoroughness. Post-graduate training is encouragingly more frequent, but should seek to address all areas of literacy skills especially neglected areas of writing, spelling, and assessment.
Learn more about WKU Communication Sciences and Disorders program by visiting their website: http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders/
Contact: Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier
Communication Sciences and Disorders