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How evidence-based practice validates intuition

By Joe Dixon
February 26th, 2014

Evidence-based practices can help educators measure success

evidence-intuition-practiceTeaching is as much art as it is science, and the best teachers trust their instincts, take risks, and evaluate their practice with data. The proliferation of technology (tablets, iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, robots, interactive whiteboards, and a whole host of mobile devices) in districts across the country is allowing educators to re-envision instructional methods, the way curriculum is delivered, and strengthen the student-teacher relationship.

Students and teachers have unprecedented access to information, software, apps, cloud-based collaboration platforms and tool sets. And, this use and access is creating an abundance of data, which in turn can be used by researchers, app developers, teachers, students, parents, and administrators.

All of this access is enabling educators to ask some very crucial questions: What is working and how do we measure success? What are the most important data points for individuals, schools, districts, states, and countries? How do we share what we know and learn? How can educators use this information to inform their practice (spur student outcomes) and that of their colleagues? The simple answer to all of these questions is through evidence-based practice. If only it were that simple.

(Next page: Origins of evidence-based practice)