Author: Susan Berlinger-Schwartz
Title: Determining the Efficacy of a Training Tool to Increase Awareness of Vocal Misuse Among Teachers
Institution: Nova Southeastern University
Month / Year: September 2002
How to Use Good Vocal Behaviors in the Classroom: An Instructional Videotape. Berlinger-Schwartz, Susan, 2002: Applied Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University, Programs in Speech-Language and Communications Disorders. Dysphonia/Voice Disorders/Elementary School Teachers/Hygiene/Teacher Education/Teacher Training Films/Occupational Safety and Health.
It is well documented that professional educators experience vocal problems more than the general population. This applied dissertation was designed to examine the existence of vocal problems among elementary school teachers, kindergarten through fifth grade in Southeast Florida. The goal of this study was to explore how well professionally designed instructional videotape would increase elementary school teachers’ awareness of vocal misuse, vocal overuse, and prevention in the workplace.
This investigator created and designed a professional instructional videotape to present to elementary school teachers and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). The SLPs served as expert raters to determine if the instructional videotape had value for the elementary school teacher as a preventative vocal hygiene tool. Both elementary school teachers and SLPs qualified for participation in the study by completing a voice needs assessment questionnaire. Following qualification, the SLPS viewed the instructional videotape and completed a voice postquestionnaire. The elementary school teachers completed a voice prequestionnaire, viewed the instructional videotape, and completed a voice postquestionnaire.
An analysis of the data revealed that this instructional videotape was an effective means of increasing teacher awareness about voice misuse and voice overuse and that vocal prevention was available. In addition, SLPs found that elementary school teachers benefited from the instructional videotape as a vocal preventative measure.
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