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1504: PSS - Persuasive Scoring Scheme

The Persuasive Scoring Scheme (PSS) assesses the structure of a persuasive argument using a scoring rubric consisting of the essential characteristics of a coherent persuasive argument. These characteristics include: issue identification and desired change, supporting reasons, other point of view, compromises, conclusion, cohesion, and effectiveness. Learn how to score language transcripts for PSS using SALT and how to compare PSS scores from an individual sample to scores from samples selected from the Persuasion reference database.

Level: Intermediate
Time to complete: 1.5 hours

Learner outcomes:

Upon completion of the course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe Persuasion Scoring Scheme and how it is used to assess expository structure.
  • Score a language sample for PSS following the PSS scoring rules.
  • Use SALT software to insert PSS scores.
  • Use SALT software to compare PSS scores to samples selected from the SALT reference databases.

At this time, ASHA will not accept this course for Professional Development Hours.

Materials needed:

  • Any copy of SALT 20 or SALT 18 software. Older versions of the software may be used though you may notice differences in the menu structures and the reports.
  • Adobe Reader® or other PDF reader which is needed to view document files.

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