In search of feasible fidelity

When deciding whether to adopt an evidence-based approach, educators should weigh the costs and benefits, explains David Andrews, and be prepared to implement it with fidelity

EDUCATORS WHO REMAIN UNAWARE of the need to make data-driven decisions and adopt evidence-based practices to improve student learning either live in severe isolation, or choose to ignore the call. The call for the use of data-driven decisions and the implementation of evidence-based practices in education permeates universities, government agencies, professional associations, and both the non-profit and for-profit sectors of education.

What we know
● Evidence-based approaches are not being widely adopted in classrooms.
● A cost-benefit analysis should be the starting point when deciding whether to adopt an evidence-based approach.
● Adopting and implementing an evidence-based approach requires faith in the evidence and an ongoing commitment to delivering it with fidelity.
● Teachers’ enthusiasm must be maintained.

This article is available to subscribers only. If you are an existing subscriber, please login. New subscribers may register below.

Existing Users Log In
   

Published

February 2012