Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Charles Van Riper

Second Advisor

Dr. Alistair Stunden

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The Background and Purpose of the Study


This study is generally concerned with an evaluation of the proficiencies of speech therapists in training. The importance of this area, while obvious, has received little formal recognition in the field of speech pathology. That this topic has not been the concern of more research may be understood when we consider a contemporary and authoritative definition of the word 'therapy'. Colby (5, p. 95) states that therapy is: "...a practical art, a craft like agriculture, or medicine or wine making in which an artisan relies on an incomplete, fragmentary of knowledge and empirically established rules traditionally passed on from master to apprentice. The artisan lacks a systematic, thoroughly tested or well defined set of explanatory principles. His scraps of knowledge are not simply applied to an individual case but 'interpreted' for each individual case in accordance with the artisan's help, not to make him an applied scientist which cannot be done anyway -- but to elucidate acute difficulties in the art."

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