Looking through the kaleidoscope: Stakeholder perspectives on an international speech language pathology placement

Bea Staley, Lynn Ellwood, David Rochus, Rachael Gibson, Dain Hong, Katie Kwan

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    Purpose: In this article we consider the literature on international student placements to contextualize and describe a ten-year relationship which enables speech language pathology (SLP) students in their final year of studies at a Canadian university to complete a ten-week clinical placement with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) in Kenya. 

    Method: This work can be best described as a qualitative case study which includes the varied perspectives of students and colleagues (both minority and majority world) involved in this partnership which annually places Canadian SLP students in Western Kenya. Perspectives include the director of the NGO, one East African SLP responsible for hosting and supervising students, the clinical placement director in Canada and the students themselves. The perspectives of minority world universities and their students tend to be privileged and more widely represented. This work contributes to the literature by including the views of the hosting majority world SLP partner agency. 

    Results: The varied perspectives reveal that the perceived advantages and difficulties of international SLP clinical placements differ for various stakeholders. 

    Conclusions: As the SLP profession moves forward in an increasingly globalised world, it may be necessary for SLP peak professional bodies to develop best practice frameworks for overseas engagement.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1595-1600
    Number of pages6
    JournalPerspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


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