In November 2008, a Special Issue of Intervention in School and Clinic
was devoted to explaining how different research designs are used to
determine evidence-based practices and how evidence-based practices will
be used in special education in an accessible, non-technical format.
Efforts have been underway to determine evidence-based practices
in the field of special education. Evidence-based practices are
instructional procedures that are supported by research that meet
rigorous standards related to methodological quality, research design,
and effect size. However, the identification of evidence-based practices
will do little good if they are not utilized in practice. For special
education teachers and teacher-educators to utilize evidence-based
practices in their work, they must understand and trust the process by
which practices are identified as evidence-based. Furthermore, special
educators should understand that evidence-based practices will not
obviate the need for good teaching, but instead work in concert with
effective teaching to produce improved student outcomes.
Introduction to the Special Issue: Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education
Intervention in School and Clinic 2008 44: 67-68.
Bryan G. Cook, Timothy J. Landrum, Lysandra Cook, and Melody Tankersley
Evidence-Based Practices in Special Education: Some Practical Considerations
Intervention in School and Clinic 2008 44: 69-75.
Bryan G. Cook, Melody Tankersley, Lysandra Cook, and Timothy J. Landrum
Examining the Role of Group Experimental Research in Establishing Evidenced-Based Practices
Intervention in School and Clinic 2008 44: 76-82.
Lysandra Cook, Bryan G. Cook, Timothy J. Landrum, and Melody Tankersley
Using Single-Subject Research to Establish the Evidence Base of Special Education
Intervention in School and Clinic 2008 44: 83-90.
Melody Tankersley, Sanna Harjusola-Webb, and Timothy J. Landrum
The Contributions of Qualitative Research to Discussions of Evidence-Based Practice in Special Education
Intervention in School and Clinic 2008 44: 91-97.
Kimberly A. McDuffie and Thomas E. Scruggs
Nonexperimental Quantitative Research and Its Role in Guiding Instruction
Intervention in School and Clinic 2008 44: 98-104.
Bryan G. Cook and Lysandra Cook
Evidence-Based Special Education and Professional Wisdom: Putting It All Together
Intervention in School and Clinic 2008 44: 105-111.
Bryan G. Cook, Melody Tankersley, and Sanna Harjusola-Webb