Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods

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Using Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods, counseling students are given the opportunity to learn research design, methodology, and analysis through a counseling-specific framework. While other comparable survey books on education-related research and statistics do not contain many specific examples and applications of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods from the counseling profession, this texts gives counseling students the opportunity to learn research methods within their own unique discipline.

 

By using counseling-specific examples, students will be more able to apply their learning to other aspects of their training and professors will have a more straightforward means of making research understandable and relevant to the master’s level counseling student. Counseling Research also focuses not only on how to produce valid research, but also on how to competently read, analyze, and utilize others’ research. In addition to the requisite research materials, the textbook includes chapters on ethics in counseling research, multicultural issues in counseling research, and a practical guide to SPSS.

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Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods was designed as an introductory research text for counselors-in-training and assumes no prior knowledge. The book is oriented toward the issues counselors face when conducting research, and is presented in a direct, easy to read manner using counseling literature and examples to communicate the information the typical master’s level counselor needs to know.

 

This student-friendly resource is arranged into18 comprehensive chapters, each authored by experts in the field. In Part 1, the authors lead the reader through the steps a researcher takes to begin a study; including reviewing the literature, developing research ideas and appropriate research questions, and deciding on a methodology that best suits an investigation of the topic. In Part 2, quantitative approaches to research methodology are explored, followed in Part 3 by a discussion of qualitative approaches to research. In Part 4, mixed method designs, data analysis and writing up one’s findings into a research manuscript are covered. The book closes with a discussion of multicultural counseling issues in research.

 

Praise for Counseling Research: Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed Methods:

 

“I believe that the writing style is one of the greatest strengths of the text....I really like the emphasis placed on not just the topic, but on why the counselor needs to know about research.  The scientist-practitioner model is great.  The relevant examples are also fabulous.”

 

--Elizabeth Thrower, University of Montevallo

 

“A key strength of this text is its comprehensive presentation of the full range of research methods/designs which exist in the counseling literature.  Another strength of this text is its attempt to speak directly to novice researchers/consumers of research in a manner which effectively bridges the cognitive gap between theory and application.”

 

--Charles D. Palmer, Mississippi State University

 

“The key strength of this manuscript is that each chapter is written by different individuals in the field....I believe that counselors and others in the helping professions need a research textbook that is comprehensive and guided to the interests of counselors.  I believe that this textbook is right on that track.”

 

--Joseph C. Ciechalski, East Carolina University

 

About the Author:

Carl Sheperis is an associate professor in community counseling at Mississippi State University. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of behavioral and developmental disorders in infancy and childhood. Carl is a recipient of the Outstanding Counselor Educator Award by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) and the Donald Hood Research Award for the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE). Carl has authored over 60 articles and book chapters and is co-author of The Peace Train: A School-Wide Violence Prevention Program (Educational Media, 1999).

 

J. Scott Young is a professor in the department of counseling and educational development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he also serves as department chair. He is the co-editor of the book Integrating Spirituality into Counseling: A Guide to Competent Practice (American Counseling Association, 2004) and has published numerous articles on the interface of clinical practice with spirituality and religion.

 

M. Harry Daniels is professor and chairperson of the department of counselor education at the University of Florida at Gainesville. He is the author of numerous book chapters and articles regarding counseling and development.

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