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May 8, 2008

Boult to be published in August edition of “American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology”

Dr. Johanna Boult of the ULM Communicative Disorders Department has co-authored an article, scheduled to be published in the August 2008 Edition of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association journal “American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.”

Boult’s co-authors are Dr. Ida Stockman of Michigan State University and Gregory C. Robinson of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The article is titled “Multicultural/Multilingual Instruction (MMI) in Education Programs: A Survey of Perceived Practices and Outcomes.”

The survey targeted Communication Disorders faculty members in the 227 programs accredited by ASHA’s Council on Academic Accreditation in the United States and Puerto Rico and was the first of its kind to ask faculty members’ opinions about current practices of infusion of MMI into course content.

Results of the survey revealed that respondents tend to infuse MMI into non-MMI courses as opposed to offering a specific course on the topic. In addition, they report dissatisfaction with current infusion methods in terms of their own preparation and student-learning outcomes. Boult and her co-authors suggest that a more specific plan for infusion of MMI, as a topic that is integrally relevant to communication development and disorders, paired with a specific course on the topic, is likely the optimal model.

Boult said, “I am very excited about the publication of this study because it is my first, major, peer-reviewed work. It is my hope that the article will lead current faculty and program administrators to analyze their practices and inspire additional studies on topics such as pedagogical best practice, learning outcomes, and policy recommendations.”

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