ERIC Number: EJ1058298
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Searching for Evidence-Based Practice: A Survey of Empirical Studies on Curricular Interventions Measuring and Reporting Fidelity of Implementation Published during 2004-2013
Missett, Tracy C.; Foster, Lisa H.
Journal of Advanced Academics, v26 n2 p96-111 May 2015
In an environment of accountability, the development of evidence-based practices is expected. To demonstrate that a practice is evidence based, quality indicators of rigorous methodology should be present including indications that teachers implementing an intervention have done so with fidelity to its design. Because evidence-based practices assume fidelity of implementation (FOI), failure to establish FOI limits the conclusions that can be drawn from any outcome evaluation. This study surveys the gifted education literature to ascertain the degree to which FOI has been assessed, reported, and tied to measured outcomes in curriculum intervention efficacy studies and outcome evaluations. Of the 11 curriculum intervention studies included in this survey, each addressed FOI. The nature and quality of the methods used, however, to measure FOI, as well as the degree to which fidelity data were reported, varied widely among these studies, which suggests the need for increased methodological rigor in gifted curriculum research.
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Research, Intervention, Curriculum, Fidelity, Curriculum Implementation, Gifted, Special Education, Outcome Measures, Measurement Techniques, Curriculum Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature Reviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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