Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies in Education

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Using evidence-based practices is important in all aspects of education, including when developing interventions. This lesson explains the importance of using evidence-based interventions and shows how to use them for the intervention process.

What Are Evidence-Based Practices?

Educators and parents have the same goal - to provide quality instruction for all students. They want students to succeed and make adequate progress towards goals and objectives and be supported by teachers and other professionals. How do we know if instructional methods are considered best practices? Schools that use evidence to demonstrate their instructional methods are high quality are using what we call evidence-based practices.

Whether developing learning objectives or designing lessons to meet those goals, educators should always align their practices to what we know through research has been successful in the past. Research in educational practices is valid when:

  • the research design is acceptable
  • has applied quality data analyzed by experts
  • has been peer reviewed

In other words, evidence-based instruction has been proven to have positive student outcomes, is based on quality data the researchers analyzed, and was reported in educational or other peer reviewed journals so others can determine the research is valid.

Evidence-Based Interventions

Not all students make progress towards goals and objectives at the same rate. Abby is a student identified for intervention services, or who receives extra support to help her succeed. Her instruction is based on her specific needs that were determined by screenings and other data gathered by her teachers, parents, and other professionals who work with her. This team came together to determine the best ways to meet Abby's needs as a student with a disability.

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