How Graduate Students Experience the Curriculum

Jenna Rollins is a senior in the Communication Disorders program at Marshall University. Jenna is completed a phenomenographical study into how graduate students experience the curriculum in a communication sciences and disorders program.  The purpose of her study was to develop a greater understanding of the various ways students experience the graduate curriculum and she collected data through observations and with two recent graduates.  Jenna categorized the data according to key themes.  Furthermore, she theorized as to the relationship among categories to develop a model representative of graduate students’ experiences in graduate school. Jenna completed her research and presented the results at The West Virginia Speech Language Hearing Association in April 2010. She will be presenting a poster in Philadelphia in November of 2010 at the annual meeting of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.