From the Editor A few years ago, some colleagues and I were using a computer-assisted instruction module to teach a language analysis procedure to our students. We agreed that our students enjoyed the approach and that they seemed to be getting as much from the software as they did from our traditional ... Editorial
Editorial  |   August 01, 1998
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Editorial   |   August 01, 1998
From the Editor
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1998, Vol. 7, 2. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0703.02
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1998, Vol. 7, 2. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0703.02
A few years ago, some colleagues and I were using a computer-assisted instruction module to teach a language analysis procedure to our students. We agreed that our students enjoyed the approach and that they seemed to be getting as much from the software as they did from our traditional combination of lectures, small discussion groups, and practice with the analysis procedures. As researchers, however, we felt compelled to determine whether our hunch that this approach was effective and efficient would hold up under more rigorous experimental scrutiny. Consequently, we planned and carried out an intersite study comparing the computer-assisted method with a more traditional approach that took considerably more instructor time. The results confirmed our hypothesis that we could get equivalent results with the computer-assisted methods, and we wanted to share our knowledge and our experience with this type of educational software with the rest of the world. After collaborating on a manuscript designed to accomplish this objective, we were faced with what turned out to be a daunting problem. With ASHA magazine no longer accepting unsolicited manuscripts, there was no obvious place to send the manuscript for publication. Fortunately, after we had consulted several less-than-enthusiastic editors of other journals, Marilyn Newhoff agreed to send the manuscript out for review for publication in AJSLP. The rest is history, and this article ultimately was published in the Journal (Hughes, Fey, Kertoy, & Nelson, 1994).
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