Directed Consultation and Supported Professionalism: Promoting Adaptive Evidence-Based Practices in Rural Schools

Thomas W. Farmer, Jill V. Hamm, David L. Lee, Brittany I. Sterrett, Karen Rizzo, Abigail S. Hoffman

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Abstract

Although there have been several advances in the development of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to support students with disabilities, many rural schools struggle to use EBPs. Rural schools may experience challenges that constrain their potential to provide support for the implementation of EBPs. Furthermore, there may be a mismatch between EBPs and the circumstances, resources, and needs of many rural schools. Directed consultation is an intervention support framework designed to adapt the use of EBPs by using local data and stakeholders’ insights to align strategies to the unique features and needs of rural schools, teachers, and students. This article considers the use of directed consultation to support the individualization and intensification of intervention for students with disabilities in rural schools. The establishment of rural research-practitioner partnerships is also discussed with the goal of developing a broad range of directed consultation content and delivery approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-175
Number of pages12
JournalRural Special Education Quarterly
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Development

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