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ERIC Number: ED496613
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Evidence-Based Practice Empowers Early Childhood Professionals and Families. FPG Snapshot #33
FPG Child Development Institute
Evidence-based practice emerged as a result of the gap often seen between research and practice and gained momentum with the standards and accountability movement. Yet it originates in medicine. Healthcare professionals using evidence-based medicine determine a patient's treatment based on an assessment of evidence from the literature and current studies as well as clinical judgment and the patient's values. Drawing from medicine, the authors of a new book titled "Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field" recommend a five-step process for evidence-based practice decision-making for the early childhood field: (1) Pose the question; (2) Find the best available research evidence; (3) Appraise the evidence quality and relevance; (4) Integrate research with values and wisdom; and (5) Evaluate. This snapshot also discuss how this process can help early educators, special educators, child care professionals, and others to transform the services provided to children and families. A proposed model for applying evidence to inform practice decisions is included with a list of websites that provide information on early childhood intervention research. [This snapshot is published by FPG Child Development Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill.]
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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