Let's Be PALS: An EvidenceBased Approach to Professional Development

Dunst, Carl J. PhD; Trivette, Carol M. PhD

Infants & Young Children:
doi: 10.1097/IYC.0b013e3181abe169
ISEI Article

An evidence-based approach to professional development is described on the basis of the findings from a series of research syntheses and meta-analyses of adult learning methods and strategies. The approach, called PALS (Participatory Adult Learning Strategy), places major emphasis on both active learner involvement in all aspects of training opportunities and instructor/trainer-guided learner experiences. The use of PALS practices has been found to be associated with improved learner knowledge, use, and mastery of different types of intervention practices. Implications for in-service training are described.

Author Information

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Asheville (Dr Dunst), and Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, Morganton (Dr Trivette), North Carolina.

Corresponding Author: Carl J. Dunst, PhD, Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, 8 Elk Mountain Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 (cdunst@puckett.org).

The research syntheses that are the basis of the adult learning method described in this article were supported, in part, by a grant from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (#H324K010005) and a subcontract from the Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Tots N Tech Project, to the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute, funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (#H327X070003).

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