The Use of Simulation-Based Learning in Speech Pathology Training Programs to Support Students’ Development of Clinical Skills

Activity: ExaminationThesis Examination


Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Examination

Additional information

Clinical placements are an essential component of training health professional students, providing them with an opportunity to learn actively and apply their theoretical learning to practice. In the profession of speech pathology, increasing numbers of university programs and students have placed additional burden on the workplace to provide these critical clinical learning opportunities for students. In response, university programs have designed alternative learning experiences. One such example is simulation-based learning which is increasingly being used to support the development of clinical skills in a safe learning environment. Research has shown that simulation-based learning experiences can replace a proportion of clinical placement time for nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech pathology clinical placement students, with no impact on students’ clinical competency outcomes. To date, there has been limited research in speech pathology investigating the use of simulation-based learning focused on adult patients with communication and swallowing difficulties. Therefore, the aim of this thesis was to investigate the use of simulation-based learning in university speech pathology programs to support the development of students’ clinical skills in adult areas of practice. Four studies were conducted with speech pathology students and clinical educators.
PeriodMar 2021Apr 2021
ExamineeAdriana Penman
Examination held at
  • University of Queensland
Degree of RecognitionRegional