Trusting Information Resources

Maybe you’ve heard on the news recently something like this: “Exciting results today from a research study showing that children who have…” Or maybe you have heard from a parent of a student you teach, “Have you thought about XYZ intervention? It just might work for my child”.  Sound familiar? Ever had your interest piqued by such news of research with children who have disabilities? We know we have. Education research is great, because it can help us find new (and hopefully better) ways of doing things, such as educating our children with disabilities. But when your research sources are friends, the internet, or the popular press, how do you know if you can trust that information? This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher discusses five factors to keep in mind when considering research findings.

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