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Communication Disorders and Special Education

Evidence-Based Practice

What is evidence-based practice?

Evidence-based practice in education usually refers to an instructional strategy, intervention, or teaching program that has resulted in consistent positive results when experimentally tested (Mesibov & Shea, 2011; Simpson, 2005). Evidence-based practice is also very common in clinical research, such as in nursing or physical therapy, and of course, is very common in special education.

What are the characteristics of research articles that use evidence-based practice?

Articles that are based on evidence-based practice research can be case studies or large-scale studies based on a more broadly tested practice. They include some type of teaching strategy or intervention and include an analysis of the data collected.

How do I find peer-reviewed research articles that use evidence-based practice?

Use the particular intervention or strategy as a keyword in your search. Pair it with a population group. For example: "functional behavioral assessment-based interventions" AND "at-risk"

Oftentimes, literature reviews of evidence-based practice will also appear in your search results, especially if you used "evidence-based" as a keyword. Be sure to look closely at the article that you find. If it is a literature review, it could lead you to a useful article, but it is not an evidence-based practice research article, it is a review of the research that has been conducted.

Tips for finding evidence-based practice research on disability assessments

Do a broad search for the term "disability assessment," then skim the articles to find out of they are evidence-based practice

Use a specific type of disability assessment as a keyword, for example: "phonological awareness test" AND "evidence-based"


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