ERIC Number: EJ840030
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Evidence-Based Practice: How Did It Emerge and What Does It Mean for the Early Childhood Field?
Buysse, Virginia; Wesley, Patricia W.
Zero to Three (J), v27 n2 p50-55 Nov 2006
The concept of evidence-based practice is helping early educators, special educators, early interventionists, child care professionals, mental health professionals, social workers, health care professionals, and others to transform the services provided to children and families. The authors discuss the emergence of the evidence-based practice movement and the challenges of integrating what we know from scientific research into daily practice with children and families. The authors define evidence-based practice for the early childhood field as "a decision-making process that integrates the best available research evidence with family and professional wisdom and values" and suggest that evidence-based practice is essentially a process or way of empowering professionals and others to integrate various sources of knowledge to make informed decisions that directly benefit children and families.
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Mental Health Workers, Research Utilization, Children, Special Education Teachers, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Research, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Early Intervention, Social Work, Caseworkers, Allied Health Personnel, Child Welfare, Decision Making
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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