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ERIC Number: EJ1118433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1937-6928
The Role of Teacher Preparation in Promoting Evidence-Based Practice in Schools
Scheeler, Mary Catherine; Budin, Shannon; Markelz, Andy
Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, v14 n2 p171-187 2016
It is paramount that teacher preparation programs continually strive toward the mission of preparing effective special educators. Through coursework and fieldwork, graduates must be well-informed professionals capable of improving student outcomes by understanding, selecting, and engaging in evidence-based practice (EBP). Evidence suggesting special educators are not implementing EBP with fidelity underscores the necessity for teacher educators to reexamine our role in promoting EBP in schools. Following an analysis of current challenges, ranging from lack of reinforcement provided to teachers who use EBP to the breadth of expertise needed as contemporary special educators, we offer a path forward. Starting within our own college classrooms, we explore traditional and innovative methods of enhancing knowledge and skills that rely on EBP. Next, we highlight the transition from coursework to fieldwork and the importance of building teacher preparation programs around clinically-rich teaching experiences. We then unpack issues related to fidelity and generalization of EBP by preservice teachers and provide a model for its promotion. We conclude with the critical role teacher educators have in elevating the status of teacher preparation by ensuring our preservice teachers know and use EBP in their own classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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