De-Implementation of Disproved Practices and Myths in Education

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn why teachers do not stop using disproved practices.
  2. develop skills in eliminating disproved educational practices.
  3. understand why disproved practices persist.


Reducing widely used ineffective and harmful educational and psychological techniques and procedures are among the primary goals of evidence-based practices. There is little information on how to de-implement practices that have been disproved. A survey of 312 experienced teachers identified four major causes why disproof does not result in de-implementation. Based on these data, a multipronged approach to de-implementing disproved practices in educational and psychology are presented.



Steven R. Shaw, McGill University


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