August 14, 2014

Data analysis is going well

Two of my PhD students, Sarah Masso and Sarah Verdon, are deep into data analysis at the moment.
  • Sarah Masso has had a productive few weeks analysing data from the Polysyllable Preschool Test (Baker, 2013). She is undertaking a quantitative analysis of the number of consonants, vowels, and syllables that are correct, as well as undertaking an analysis of the types of errors that the children are making when they say words such as butterfly, kangaroo, animals, Vegemite, hippopotamus, and vegetables.
  • Sarah Verdon has also had a productive few weeks analysing data from her fieldwork that involved visiting14 sites across five continents. She is undertaking a qualitative analysis using Cultural Historical Activity Theory using categories such as instruments, rules, community, division of labour, and outcomes.
Although there are vast differences between their data analysis techniques, both Sarahs are focused on making a difference in the lives of children with speech difficulties. It is a pleasure to work with them and their co-supervisors (Dr Sandie Wong, Dr Elise Baker, and Dr Jane McCormack).