Status of Main Author

Faculty

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

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.

Publication Title

Journal of Early Intervention

Volume

31

Issue

4

First Page

326

Last Page

343

DOI

10.1177/1053815109351536

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