The narrators would give a precise description of a child/ children with SLCN and give their concerns on the same. The researchers aimed at resolving a question about the knowledge and understanding of the professionals in their early years of developing children’s language and speech.
The correspondents were chosen according to their confidence levels, quality of training, the need for further training and their employment of strategies to assess for SLCN (Mroz & Hall, 2003, 126). These led to a selection criteria in which the interview sample were chosen. It includes the type of setting, the level of confidence, and the role /job title of the correspondent and the regional authority of the respondent. Questions were then shared with the interviewee prior to the interviews that were audio-taped. The question was structured in a manner that it had a focus on a single child and least interference from the interviewer. The study used a research methodology for developing a theory that is grounded in data collection and analysis (Strauss & Corbin, 1990, 10).
Analysis of data obtained from the fifty interviews was done using the Non-numerical Unstructured Data Indexing, Research and Theorizing (NUD*IST) software (Richards and Richards, 1993, 2). This software allows the user to store and classify data and then search for patterns quickly and in an efficient manner. Coding of transcripts was done to ensure coherence and consistency of patterns in responses obtained from the interviewees. The results obtained indicated that practitioners with medium confidence levels were less likely to volunteer for the interview compared to those with high confidence levels. According to Mroz and Letts (2008, 86), such occurrences is owed to the fact the people with little faith feel in need of help and information compared to those with high confidence who believe ...Show more