Blogging about research


Obviously it’s been a while since my last blog post. This has not been deliberate as such, it’s just that things have been a little hectic over the last 12 months while I’ve been making the transition from superstar PhD student who was ready to take over the world to lowly full-time academic (in a new country no less). So having time to think about interesting things to blog about has been challenging to say the least, let alone actually fingers to the keys, or should I say to the touch sensitive screen as I have now joined the ranks of speech therapists/pathologists with a tablet device (not of the “i” variety I hasten to add).

Anyway, recognising that this blog has been lying a bit dormant recently (although surprisingly still receiving a decent number of views all considering), I’m taking the opportunity to revive my blog by “Blogging about research”. This follows an initiative proposed by Rachel Wynn in her blog “Talks just fine” Tales of a “speech” therapist ( The basic premise is that speech therapists/pathologists who blog and who are interested in research, especially in spreading the word about research, combine these interests and post regular blog posts reviewing and appraising recent research – simple.

More detailed information can be found in this specific post at Rachel’s blog and Rachel will also be collating all posts regarding Blogging about research and presenting these in a separate post in her blog.

So, all being well I’ll be posting posts more regularly again and hopefully this will inspire me to once again be inspired to post more broadly than just in relation to the Blogging about research theme – but who knows, lets start walking again before we start running.

Wikipedia and EBP in academia and speech and language therapy/pathology

When you tell your students that they should not be citing Wikipedia in their essays, or even just using Wikipedia as a search tool, are the reasons you giveĀ evidence based?

Wikipedia = Reliable?After completing my first week of teaching at my new University I was led to do some research into ‘accuracy of Wikipedia’ after it has become clear that the students here seem to make use of technology within classes to a greater extent that I had previously experienced back in the UK. In one particular session where the students were working in groups it was not long before I heard reference made to Wikipedia as a source of information and then not long after this I saw another student actively scrolling through some information on the web-based “anyone can edit” encyclopaedia. Now, students (the vast majority anyway) so appear to be aware that their lecturers don’t like them to be citing Wikipedia in essays and such – I have explicitly dissuaded students from doing so myself. The reason I, and I’m sure many others give is generally along the lines of ‘you can’t trust the information to be reliable as it’s not written by ‘experts’ – anyone who wishes to do so can write anything about anything and so how can it be accurate to the level required at University?’

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