Best-Practices and Evidence-Based instruction are the foundation of the Competent Learner Model (CLM). The below references and articles demonstrate the CLM supports the goals and recommendations of the 2001 National Research Council publication, Educating Children with Autism while meeting the required “Best Practices” criteria of Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004, and the criteria for being an “Evidence-Based Practice” as required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
Within the publication, Evidence-Based Educational Methods (2004), an entire chapter has been allotted for a thorough description of the CLM including direct references to Skinner (ABA), Engelmann and Carnine (Direct Instruction), Lindsley (Precision Teaching), and other respected leaders within their fields.
Behavior Analysis in Education (1994), includes an in-depth look at the educational philosophy of the CLM with references including Skinner, Catania, Engelmann, and Sidman.
The Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Vol. 3 Educational Applications (2005) contains a section on the CLM as it applies to creating effective learning environments. This publication demonstrates that utilizing the evidence-based components of the CLM (ABA, precision teaching, direct instruction) can establish effective learning environments.
One of the first peer-reviewed journals to publish an article describing the CLM was Education and Treatment of Children (1991). A further in-depth look at the foundations of the CLM can be found in the article from Exceptionality (2005). The article appearing in Journal of Research in Childhood Education (2008) surmises that by incorporating the CLM, pre-school staff had the skills they needed to help children who have behaviors that impede learning.
These peer-reviewed publications provide the reader with an understanding of how established, evidence-based, best-practices are utilized within the CLM. Inclusion of the Competent Learner Model within these publications directly acknowledges the CLM as an evidence-based practice.