ERIC Number: ED500097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Evidence-Based Practice in the Early Childhood Field
Buysse, Virginia, Ed.; Wesley, Patricia W., Ed.
ZERO TO THREE
Evidence-based practice is a decision-making process that integrates the best available scientific research evidence with family and professional wisdom and values. The editors argue that it has the potential to transform the services provided to children and families because it incorporates the "different ways of knowing" that characterize early childhood science, policy, and practice. The book is organized around 3 key questions: (1) What is evidence-based practice and how did it emerge? (2) How will evidence-based practice affect the early childhood field? and (3) What are some promising practices, strategies, and future directions for implementing evidence-based practice? In 7 chapters, the editors their co-authors address these questions through detailed examinations of: how evidence-based practice emerged; how using a "best available research evidence" standard is influencing research in early childhood; the effect of the evidence-based practice movement on knowledge utilization; making the case for evidence-based policy; building the evidence base through communities of practice; establishing the evidence base for an emerging early childhood practice; and reflections and recommendations on evidence based practice in the early childhood field. The book is written to assist early educators, special educators, early interventionists, child care professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, researchers, policymakers, health care professionals, and others concerned with providing service to children and families. (Includes Index. References provided for each chapter.)
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Theory Practice Relationship, Young Children, Special Education, Social Work, Educational Research, Early Childhood Education, Decision Making, Social Science Research, Health Promotion, Child Care, Family Needs, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Data
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, Washington, DC.