Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - NSU Access Only

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Abraham S. Fischler College of Education


Delores Smiley

Committee Member

Elizabeth Roberts


cultural differences, Cultural Diversity, diversity, graduate students, Supervision, supervisory process


A Study of Cultural Differences on the Supervisory Process in a Graduate School Program. Nancy Marie Gauvin, 2016: Applied Dissertation, Nova Southeastern University, Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. ERIC Descriptors: Speech-Language Pathology Databases, Speech-language Pathology, Supervisors, Supervision, Supervisory Training. This applied dissertation was designed to provide new knowledge that will add to the field of speech-language pathology in both practice and theory. Investigating the need for cultural competency training for Speech-language pathology (SLP) supervisors can offer future supervisors improved relationships with graduate students. Currently, no formal training exists to address cultural diversity sensitivity at the supervisory level. The data were gathered by utilizing an online survey to receive responses from SLP supervisors to ascertain their cultural diversity and sensitivity. The study results were determined by using a t-test and exploratory factor analysis to examine if a need for cultural diversity training existed in the SLP field for speech-language pathologists in the United States. The researcher used a survey targeting SLP supervisors regarding their experiences with working with culturally diverse graduate students. The survey utilized a 5-point Likert scale to ascertain the supervisory experiences of SLPs. The intent of the survey was to ascertain the thoughts and beliefs of SLP supervisors who have had experience with graduate students with diverse backgrounds. Results of the study revealed that SLP supervisors have limited experiences with cultural diversity training as it specifically pertains to supervision of culturally diverse graduate students.

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