ERIC Number: EJ1038558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Reference Count: 52
Powerful Outcomes: Delivering What Works
Brendtro, Larry K.; Mitchell, Martin M.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v22 n4 p5-11 Win 2014
Professionals in education, treatment, social services, and juvenile justice are bombarded by messages promoting virtually every method as an "evidence-based practice" (EBP). After years of debating EBP, research is turning toward "practice-based evidence" (PBE). The focus shifts from arguing about what practice works best to delivering practices that best meet a person's needs. With so many competing ideas, how do we identify evidence-based principles to guide effective practice? The answer is a little-known term called "consilience," first coined in 1847 by British philosopher of science, William Whewell. He proposed that the ultimate test for any important truth was that it could be supported by knowledge from different fields. Today, consilience finds new importance as researchers toil in specialized silos to churn out millions of disconnected factoids (Cory, 2000; Wilson, 1998). Consilience cuts through complexity by tapping data from diverse sources to identify powerful simple truths. Key sources of knowledge include "natural science," "social science," "experience," and "values." In this article, the authors discuss the new science of "epigenetics," bio-ecological research and interplay, and the dramatic turn from deficit-based to strength-based perspectives in the new millennium. They conclude with a description of the Circle of Courage and its origins.
Descriptors: Best Practices, Evidence, Educational Research, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Sciences, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Child Development, Behavior Problems, Positive Reinforcement, Psychology
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