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ERIC Number: EJ1217353
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Teachers' Perception of Use and Actual Use of a Data-Based Decision-Making Process
Demchak, MaryAnn; Sutter, Chevonne
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v54 n2 p175-185 Jun 2019
Abstract: This study evaluated whether or not teachers of students with severe disabilities reported implementing specific data-based decision guidelines to make instructional decisions (Browder, Liberty, Heller, & D'Huyvetters, 1986; Browder, Demchak, Heller, & King, 1989) following completion of their teacher preparation program. A cross-sectional survey regarding reported accuracy was followed by examination of teacher-submitted student performance data sheets to determine actual accuracy. A majority of respondents reported currently using the decision guidelines or using the guidelines in the past. Survey results indicated teacher perception of accurate use was high, while data sheet evaluation indicated actual accuracy was questionable and generally low. Teachers reported having lower confidence and accuracy in their actions related to data analysis than data collection. The actual data sheets supported their reports; steps and actions of the decision guidelines with the lowest accuracy of use were related to data analysis and instructional decisions. We discuss implications and suggestions for increasing accurate use of the data-based decision-making guidelines.
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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