Science Is an Attitude: A Response to Kamhi Purpose I provide alternative views to Kamhi’s (2011)  assertion that clinical practice cannot be scientific. I also discuss how the field of communication sciences and disorders might encourage scientific thinking about clinical practices in researchers and clinicians. Method Kamhi’s three main points for why clinical practice cannot be ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   January 01, 2011
Science Is an Attitude: A Response to Kamhi
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kenn Apel
    Florida State University, Tallahassee
  • Contact author: Kenn Apel, Florida State University, 127 Honors Way, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1200. E-mail: kenn.apel@comm.fsu.edu.
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum   |   January 01, 2011
Science Is an Attitude: A Response to Kamhi
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 65-68. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/09-0036)
History: Received May 27, 2009 , Accepted November 25, 2009
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 65-68. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/09-0036)
History: Received May 27, 2009; Accepted November 25, 2009
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Purpose I provide alternative views to Kamhi’s (2011)  assertion that clinical practice cannot be scientific. I also discuss how the field of communication sciences and disorders might encourage scientific thinking about clinical practices in researchers and clinicians.

Method Kamhi’s three main points for why clinical practice cannot be scientific are discussed, and alternate perspectives are offered.

Results Clinicians and clinical practice can be scientific and can contribute to changes in scientific orthodoxy.

Conclusion Science is an attitude that needs to be instilled in future researchers and clinicians during their educational programs. Model clinical scientists should be used as role models when educating these individuals.

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