Students in undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) programs with an interest in audiology often report feeling unprepared to make career and graduate school decisions due to a lack of exposure to the field. The present study examines the impact of near-peer mentoring and hands-on lab experiences on undergraduate student perceptions of career preparedness and of the profession of audiology by examining pre- and post-course survey responses and lab wrapper responses of 41 undergraduate speech and hearing science majors enrolled in an introductory audiology course. Students were paired in groups with a first-year audiology graduate mentor to walk through a series of three clinical lab exercises. Results showed a positive influence on perceptions of career readiness resulting from both mentoring and clinical lab exposure, and more confidence in career decisions following the course.
Flagge, Ashley G. and Estis, Julie M.
"The Effectiveness of Near-Peer Mentoring and Clinical Laboratory Experiences in Undergraduate Student Perceptions of Career Preparedness and the Profession of Audiology,"
Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders: Vol. 6:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/tlcsd/vol6/iss1/11