2019 Annual Graduate Student Symposium

Title

The Effectiveness of Using a Podcast to Teach Person-First Language

Award Winner

Recipient of the 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium Scholarship Award, Poster Presentations - Honorable Mention (2019)

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Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

People with disabilities--Public opinion; Podcasts; Teachers--Training of;

Abstract

The use of person first language when working with people with disabilities is important for building successful relationships, particularly for educators. Thus, the purposes of this investigation were to determine: (1) how a podcast intervention impacts undergraduate students’ use of person-first language when discussing people with disabilities, and (2) undergraduate students’ perceptions about podcasts as a tool for learning. Forty-three undergraduate education majors participated in this study. To participate in this study, they had to first complete a demographics survey and a pretest on person-first language. Next, they listened to a validated podcast on person-first language. Participants completed a posttest to determine the impact of the podcast, as well as a perceptions survey regarding the podcast. Following the posttest, guided group discussions were conducted to allow for a deeper understanding of students’ perceptions on both person first language and using podcasts for knowledge acquisition. Pairwise t-tests were used to determine that the posttest scores were significantly higher than the pretest scores. In addition, a qualitative thematic analysis, including coding and identifying key themes, was conducted.The themes identified included empathy, job application, personal identity, effectiveness of podcasts, and critiques of podcasts. The results from this investigation suggest that podcasts are a beneficial tool for undergraduate education students to attain knowledge on person-first language.

Start Date

3-4-2019 11:00 AM

End Date

3-4-2019 1:00 AM

Year of Award

2019 Award

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Scott McNamara

Department

Department of Kinesiology

File Format

application/pdf

Embargo Date

4-16-2019

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Apr 3rd, 11:00 AM Apr 3rd, 1:00 AM

The Effectiveness of Using a Podcast to Teach Person-First Language

The use of person first language when working with people with disabilities is important for building successful relationships, particularly for educators. Thus, the purposes of this investigation were to determine: (1) how a podcast intervention impacts undergraduate students’ use of person-first language when discussing people with disabilities, and (2) undergraduate students’ perceptions about podcasts as a tool for learning. Forty-three undergraduate education majors participated in this study. To participate in this study, they had to first complete a demographics survey and a pretest on person-first language. Next, they listened to a validated podcast on person-first language. Participants completed a posttest to determine the impact of the podcast, as well as a perceptions survey regarding the podcast. Following the posttest, guided group discussions were conducted to allow for a deeper understanding of students’ perceptions on both person first language and using podcasts for knowledge acquisition. Pairwise t-tests were used to determine that the posttest scores were significantly higher than the pretest scores. In addition, a qualitative thematic analysis, including coding and identifying key themes, was conducted.The themes identified included empathy, job application, personal identity, effectiveness of podcasts, and critiques of podcasts. The results from this investigation suggest that podcasts are a beneficial tool for undergraduate education students to attain knowledge on person-first language.