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Master of Science (MS)


Communication Sciences & Disorders


This study was designed to investigate the verbal behaviors which occur during speech pathology supervisory conferences. The Underwood Category System for Analyzing Supervisor-Clinician Behavior was the measurement instrument used.

Subjects for this study were nine student clinicians from the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of North Dakota who were involved in practicum and nine supervisors of these clinicians. A supervisory conference between each clinician and supervisor was audio-tape recorded. An effectiveness rating scale was completed immediately following the conference by each supervisor and each clinician. Each conference Was scored and analyzed using the Underwood system.

More supervisor talk than clinician talk occurred in all conferences. The category, supervisor provides opinions/suggestions, occurred most frequently in all conferences. Problem solving behavior accounted for the largest percentage of behaviors in the majority of conferences. Supervisors and clinicians agreed completely on the effectiveness ratings in eight of the nine conferences, rating them as either quite effective or fairly effective. The conference rated differently differed only by one rating from fairly to quite effective Hie length of conference, the types of behaviors which occurred in a conference and the amount of supervisor-clinician talk did not affect the effectiveness of the conference.