Evidenced-Based Practice in Irish Primary Schools

Evidenced-based practice in Irish primary schools

This event will be of interest to all those supporting children with additional needs in Irish Education, particularly those educating children with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

One Continuing Education Unit is available. If you wish to make a payment to support the work of the MBAF you can do so, if not, this one is on us. Enjoy!

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On the 24th of March 2021 we were joined by Lorna Barry BCBA and PhD candidate. Lorna provided us with an overview and discussion of her doctoral research, funded by the Irish Research Council and titled:

Bridging the gap: Understanding Irish teacher’s implementation of evidence-based practices in the education of children with Autism. 

Lorna is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) with experience working with school-age children, which stoked her interest in this topic.

In this video she presents the results of a scoping review conducted on the barriers and facilitators to implementing evidenced-based practices (EBP) in schools. A qualitative interview conducted with mainstream teachers in Ireland, together with the results of a survey study that examined teachers’ knowledge of EBPs are presented by Lorna. Implications for practice and recommendations for practitioners will then be discussed. This event will be of interest to anyone looking to gain insights into factors that may help or hinder teachers’ use of EBPs with students living with a diagnosis of autism in Ireland.

Frequently cited papers on ethics

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On Tuesday the 5th March at 7pm the MBAF will host an online journal club. Participating attendees will earn one type two CEU.

Participants will be required to prepare in advance of the event by reading two of the five journal articles listed below. During the event, participants will be asked to give a brief presentation and answer questions on their selected articles. The event will be facilitated by Alan Tennyson BCBA. If you have any difficulties finding the selected articles, please get in touch and we can help.

A link to the online meeting room will be sent to registered participants.

Number of Type 2 CEU’s: 1

Attendance Procedure: A maximum of 8 participants will attend. Priority will be given to members of the forum and assigned on a first come, first serve. Sign in and Sign out with active participant responding and a feedback questionnaire.

Total Event Fee per participant:  €5 to MBAF members, €15 to nonmembers.

Event is designed for: BCBA-D, BCBAs & BCaBAs

Event Level: Intermediate / advanced

Learning Objectives for participants:

  1. Participants will read 2 of 5 selected journal articles published in Behavioural Intervention or ABAI addressing ethical behaviour.
  2. Participants will present their selected articles.
  3. Participants will be asked to provide a critical appraisal (identifying any methodological or conceptual limitations) of their selected articles.
  4. Participants will be required to identify the principal ethical position adopted by the author and discuss if this is congruent with the BACB Guidelines for responsible conduct for behaviour analysts
  5. We recommend that participants review the https://www.bacb.com/wp-content/uploads/BACB-Compliance-Code-english_181218.pdf prior to attending

Articles were selected based on year of publication and number of citations.


Pastrana, SJ., Frewing, T., Grow, L., Nosik, M., Turner, M. & Carr, J. (2016)
Frequently Assigned Readings in Behavior Analysis Graduate Training Programs. Behav Analysis Practice (2018) 11:267–273

Fong, EH. & Tanaka, S. (2016) Multicultural Alliance of Behavior Analysis Standards for Cultural Competence in Behavior Analysis.  International Journal of Behavioural Consultation and Therapy 2013 Vol. 8 N.2

Newman, B.,  Reinecke, DR. & Kurtz, A. (1996) Why Be Moral: Humanist and Behavioral Perspectives. The Behaviour Analyst  19, 273-280

Schreck, KS,  Karunaratne, Y., Zane, T. and Wilford, H. (2016) Behaviour analysts use of and beliefs in treatment for people with Autism: A 5-year follow-up. Behavioral Interventions  31: 355–376

Schreck, KS, & Miller, V. How to behave ethically in a world of fads. Behavioral Interventions 25: 307–324 (2010)