Researchers have noted divergent findings with respect to the relationships of practitioners’ beliefs and their implementation of recommended practices. With Q-sort methods, this study examined practitioners’ beliefs about practices in early intervention with samples of current practitioners (n = 211) and preservice students (n = 142). Findings indicated that practitioners rated participation-based practices as less strongly held beliefs when compared with several other early intervention practices, and students’ responses revealed beliefs that were in contrast with participation-based beliefs. In addition, results showed that practitioners’ beliefs were more similar to respondents from institutions of higher education than were the preservice students.
Journal of Early Intervention
Sawyer, Brook E. and Campbell, Philippa H., "Beliefs about Participation-Based Practices in Early Intervention" (2009). Faculty Publications. 3.