ERIC Number: EJ912932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Is Evidence-Based Practice Diverse Enough? Philosophy of Science Considerations
Wendt, Dennis C., Jr.; Slife, Brent D.
American Psychologist, v62 n6 p613-614 Sep 2007
In its policy rationale for evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP), the APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice (see record 2006-05893-001) claims to have constituted itself with "scientists and practitioners from a wide range of perspectives and traditions, reflecting the diverse perspectives within the field" (p. 273). We applaud this attention to diversity but contend that an entire perspective of the debate was omitted in the Task Force's newly approved policy and its underlying report. The failure to consider a philosophy of science perspective led the Task Force to make a number of epistemological assumptions that are not based on evidence or rationale and that thus violate the very spirit of evidence-based decision making. In this comment, we reveal a few of these assumptions and discuss their detrimental consequences.
Descriptors: Psychology, Psychologists, Misconceptions, Evidence, Inferences, Clinical Psychology, Decision Making, Policy Formation, Research Committees, Diversity (Faculty), Science History, Educational Philosophy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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