Lurking and Posting to Gain Clinical Insight Electronic discussion lists provide an excellent forum for speech-language pathologists to gain new perspectives on the lives of people with disabilities. The payoffs for clinicians who subscribe to lists include broadening relevant knowledge, enhancing awareness of and sensitivity to clients’ needs, and improving marketability as a collaborative resource. A number ... Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult  |   August 01, 1997
Lurking and Posting to Gain Clinical Insight
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lillian N. Stiegler
    Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond
  • Paula S. Currie
    Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond
  • Contact author: Lillian N. Stiegler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Special Education, Southeastern Louisiana University, P.O. Box 879 SLU, Hammond, LA 70402 Email: LSTIEGLER@SELU.EDU
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Development / Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / School-Based Settings / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult   |   August 01, 1997
Lurking and Posting to Gain Clinical Insight
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1997, Vol. 6, 15-18. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0603.15
History: Received January 29, 1997 , Accepted June 5, 1997
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1997, Vol. 6, 15-18. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0603.15
History: Received January 29, 1997; Accepted June 5, 1997
Electronic discussion lists provide an excellent forum for speech-language pathologists to gain new perspectives on the lives of people with disabilities. The payoffs for clinicians who subscribe to lists include broadening relevant knowledge, enhancing awareness of and sensitivity to clients’ needs, and improving marketability as a collaborative resource. A number of quotes from an active discussion list are included, and procedures and precautions for list subscribers are provided.
If the term lurking evokes images of shady characters in dark alleys, it will be a relief to learn that lurking on the Internet involves subscribing to an electronic discussion list, reading all the messages, observing the dynamics of the participants, and determining whether or not there is interest in the topic matter. All of this is good preparation for becoming an active list participant who expresses thoughts, makes comments, and asks and answers questions—which in Internet lingo is termed posting (Kuster & Kuster, 1995).
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