Effective Practices in Secondary Transition: Operational Definitions

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An effective practice (i.e., evidence-based, research-based, or promising) is a teaching method used to teach a specific skill that has been shown to be effective based on high-quality research (Cook, Tankersly, & Landrum, 2009; Odom, Brantlinger, Gersten, Horner, Thompson, & Harris, 2005).

Effective practices apply to secondary transition planning and instruction by:

  • Providing the best available peer-reviewed research to date that meets the criteria of scientifically-based and peer-reviewed research in secondary special education and transition;
  • Identifying effective teaching methods in secondary transition shown to help students with disabilities learn specific skills; and
  • Supporting the development of IEP goals and objectives to ensure students gain new knowledge
    and skills efficiently (Alverson, in press).
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