An Analysis of Teacher Perceived Barriers to the Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices

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Evidence-based practices in the field of special education within the United States has been well defined in the literature yet challenges persist with the widespread implementation of these practices within school settings. There are many factors that can negatively influence the portability of these practices in classroom settings that remain unaddressed in the literature. The results of a qualitative evaluation aimed at determining teacher’s perspectives on barriers to implementing evidence-based procedures in the area of positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) are described. Data analysis revealed several highly pertinent barriers that teachers face in their attempts to implement evidence-based practices in the classroom. Recommendations for minimizing these implementation barriers are discussed.