ERIC Number: EJ1050079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
Training Teachers in Evidence-Based Practice for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Review of the Literature
Alexander, Jennifer L.; Ayres, Kevin M.; Smith, Katie A.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v38 n1 p13-27 Feb 2015
In this review, the authors include 23 studies where researchers experimentally evaluated training for teachers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Authors summarized qualitative information on study and participant characteristics. Next, variables related to teacher practice and student learning targets were categorized based on Odom, Collet-Klingenberg, Rogers, and Hatton's list of evidence-based practices (EBPs) for individuals with ASD. Training components were also categorized based on instructional format (i.e., self-instruction, individual, group). Finally, application of standards (What Works Clearinghouse [WWC]) facilitated the evaluation of each study's rigor. Findings suggest that research has most frequently focused on individually training teachers in the use of behavioral interventions to improve students' communication. From the evaluation of design quality, only 2 of the 23 studies met WWC quality indicators for single-case or group-design standards. A discussion of the findings, limitations to the review, and recommendations for practitioners and future research on teacher training conclude the study results.
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Evidence, Best Practices, Literature Reviews, Faculty Development, Special Education Teachers, Qualitative Research, Participant Characteristics, Teaching Methods, Intermode Differences, Standards, Intervention, Behavior Modification, Educational Quality, Educational Indicators, Predictor Variables, Training Methods, Generalization, Research Methodology, Research Design, Outcomes of Education, Databases, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics
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