Evidence Based Practice in special education & OT/PT: “Doing the right things right”
Occupational therapists (OT) use evidence based practice on different levels in education and/or practice. The concept of evidence-based practice has been introduced as a means of linking research findings and OT/PT practice.
The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists professional organization published a document called “Value of occupational therapy – about evidence-based occupational therapy” with the aim to “develop a better working knowledge of evidence-based practice and how to integrate this into their practice”.
In this well-written useful document, the authors make reference to Sir Muir Gray theory about the development of evidence-based practice (applicable in healthcare), which can be divided into different stages over years - from doing things cheaper to doing the right things. Nowadays, the key trend in evidence-based practice is “doing the right things right”.
Educational practitioners and educational leaders should follow a decision making approach using the best evidence available from the pedagogical research and the resources shared by edtech companies to decide upon the option which suits the learners best, i.e. “to choose learning tools which do the right things right”.
Gray, J.A.M. (1997). Evidence-Based Health Care. How to Make Health Policy and Management Decisions. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone