ERIC Number: EJ1016965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
What Does It Take to Scale Up and Sustain Evidence-Based Practices?
Klingner, Janette K.; Boardman, Alison G.; Mcmaster, Kristen L.
Exceptional Children, v79 n2 p195-211 Win 2013
This article discusses the strategic scaling up of evidence-based practices. The authors draw from the scholarly work of fellow special education researchers and from the field of learning sciences. The article defines scaling up as the process by which researchers or educators initially implement interventions on a small scale, validate them, and then implement them more widely in real-world conditions. Examples of scale-up research are included. The authors discuss challenges to scaling up and sustaining evidence-based practices, followed by factors that can potentially support scaling up, including professional development and district leadership. A case example describes how these issues can play out by highlighting experiences with a Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) scale-up research project in a large urban school district. The article concludes by offering recommendations for research, policy, and practice.
Descriptors: Best Practices, Evidence, Special Education, Intervention, Reading Strategies, Urban Schools, Special Needs Students, Disabilities, Program Implementation, Scaling, Educational Research, Financial Support, Fidelity, Educational Practices, School Districts, Administrator Role, Leadership Responsibility
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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