2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

The effect of a voice workshop on teacher's awareness of occupational vocal hazards
Kirstin E. Kuchler♦
Dr. Janet Gooch, Faculty Mentor

Teachers' attrition rates are among the highest of all professional voice users. Lack of awareness and education about vocal use and risk factors may play a role in this attrition. In the current study, Truman State University MAE students and Kirksville area teachers participated in a workshop on voice disorders. Their knowledge about vocal use and risk factors prior to the workshop was compared to their predictions on how frequently they would use the information presented in the workshop. The general voice knowledge of experimental and control groups was compared and results confirmed previous research that teachers and aspiring teachers are more uninformed than misinformed about voice use information.

Keywords: teachers, voice disorders, professional voice users

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 404-4
Location: VH 1320
Time: 3:15

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