Given the complex and chronic nature of emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), the search for and use of evidence-based practices may be hindered by the way we frame questions of what works. Instead of asking “what works in EBD?” – a question that is framed around an eligibility category and not specific behavioral and academic needs – we argue that the question should be contextualized around the targets of intervention. With the right question in mind – “what works for addressing this problem?” professionals in the field must reach consensus on ways to evaluate the current knowledge base and provide guidelines for future research to answer the question. Interventions that address specific behavioral and academic needs, are simple to implement, explicit in their execution, and predictable in their outcomes are most likely to be useful to teachers and to contribute to an evidence base for EBD.
Landrum, T. and Tankersley, M. (2013), "Chapter 11 Evidence-Based Practice in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders", Cook, B., Tankersley, M. and Landrum, T. (Ed.) Evidence-Based Practices (Advances in Learning and Behavioral Disabilities, Vol. 26), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 251-271. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0735-004X(2013)0000026013Download as .RIS
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