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A Coursebook on Scientific and Professional Writing for Speech-Language Pathology

Fifth Edition
MN Hegde
456 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Spiral Bound, 8.5 x 11"
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Plural Publishing is proud to announce the fifth edition!

A Coursebook on Scientific and Professional Writing for Speech-Language Pathology, Fifth Edition is a unique interactive resource for teaching and learning the writing skills necessary for a clinical or research career in speech-language pathology. Both clinical supervisors and academic course instructors may use this book to teach scientific and professional writing skills.

The Coursebook offers a unique organization not found in any book on writing skills. It is a book that not only describes the principles of good writing but also offers opportunities to practice writing skills, looking at multiple exemplars provided. Most left-hand pages show specific examples of general, scientific, or professional writing, and the corresponding right-hand pages allow the student to practice writing. Students who memorize the rules of grammar will not write well unless they themselves write. The Coursebook provides incorrect exemplars they can rewrite or write correctly on the right-hand pages. The book provides abundant examples of correct writing, based on the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

The Coursebook is ideal for dedicated courses on scientific and professional writing and can also be used in courses on assessment and diagnosis or research methods and introduction to graduate studies.

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Incorporates APA 6th edition changes to reference citations and preparation of the reference list
  • Electronic preparation of manuscripts, revision in light of copyeditor's comments, and response to copyeditor's queries are in line with current publishing industry standards
  • The topic of electronic submission of convention and conference proposals is updated
  • New reference examples of electronic sources of information included
  • The professional writing section reflects current clinical terminology in speech-language pathology

Preface to the Fifth Edition
About the Author

Part A. Foundations of Scientific and Professional Writing

A.1. Basic Rules of Usage
A.2. Basic Rules of Composition
A.3. Commonly Misused Words and Phrases

Part B. Scientific Writing

B.1. Introduction to Scientific Writing
B.2. Writing Without Bias
B.3. Format of Scientific Writing
B.4. Selected Matters of Scientific Style
B.5. Writing Sections of Research Papers and Proposals
B.6. Electronic Manuscript Preparation, Editing, and Proofreading

Part C. Professional Writing

C.1. Introduction to Professional Writing
C.2. Formats of Diagnostic Reports
C.3. Sample Diagnostic Reports
C.4. Practice in Diagnostic Report Writing
C.5. Comprehensive Treatment Plans
C.6. Brief Treatment Plans
C.7. Individualized Educational Programs
C.8. Practice in Writing Treatment Plans
C.9. Progress Reports
C.10. Practice in Writing Progress Reports

Selected References

About The Author

MN Hegde

M.N. Hegde, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Communicative Disorders at California State University, Fresno. A highly regarded author in speech-language pathology, his books include leading texts in academic courses and valuable resources for clinicians. His books have been used in worldwide in speech-language pathology programs.

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