Specialty Board Update Much of the meeting of the Special Board on Fluency Disorders during the Division 4 Leadership Conference in Toronto was devoted to reviewing the development of the examination for Specialty Recognition in Fluency Disorders. Its development is being directed by a committee appointed by the Board with the assistance ... SIG News
SIG News  |   August 01, 2001
Specialty Board Update
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Fluency Disorders / SIG News
SIG News   |   August 01, 2001
Specialty Board Update
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2001, Vol. 11, 5-6. doi:10.1044/ffd11.3.5
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, August 2001, Vol. 11, 5-6. doi:10.1044/ffd11.3.5
Much of the meeting of the Special Board on Fluency Disorders during the Division 4 Leadership Conference in Toronto was devoted to reviewing the development of the examination for Specialty Recognition in Fluency Disorders. Its development is being directed by a committee appointed by the Board with the assistance of two psychometric consultants. The committee consists of Edward G. Conture, chair, Francis Freeman, and David Shapiro. Its goal is to develop an examination that will reliably assess the essential and important knowledge needed by clinical specialists in fluency disorders.
Initially, multiple-choice test items were solicited from nationally recognized specialists in the area and resulted in more than 350 items being submitted. Each item was reviewed and classified as acceptable, needing minor or substantial editing, or unacceptable. Two additional reviews of the acceptable and edited items were administered to two advanced doctoral students, which reduced the pool to 245 pilot items. From these items two 150-item forms were constructed and distributed to Inaugural Cadre Specialists who attended the Toronto Conference and volunteered to participate as examinees in testing pilot items. Their responses and comments on the importance of items to specialty recognition (i.e., essential, significant or marginal) are guiding further revisions of test forms.
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