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Critical Analysis In Research

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This course is an overview of the fundamentals of research and program evaluation for counseling, family therapy, and school counseling. Topics include research methods, statistical analysis, and needs assessment. Emphasis is placed on engaging students in critical analysis of research literature.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Hypothesis and Theory Building

    • Examine the logic of hypothesis testing.
    • Describe the relationship of hypothesis to theory and theory to therapeutic knowledge and practice.

    Descriptive Statistics

    • Examine descriptive data, including measures of central tendency, variability, and properties of the normal curve including probabilities.
    • Examine correlational statistics and the nature of correlational data.
    • Differentiate between correlation and causation.
    • Distinguish among univariate, bivariate and multivariate data.

    Scientific Method and Research Design

    • Define research and discuss the relevancy and application of research in the counseling profession.
    • Define and examine the scientific method and the steps of the research process.
    • Discuss research questions and forms of hypotheses.
    • Describe descriptive research, surveys, experimental design, program evaluation, and mixed designs.
    • Describe quantitative and qualitative approaches as they apply to descriptive research, surveys, experimental design, program evaluation, and mixed designs.
    • Articulate the relationships among theory, practice, and research in the counseling profession.

    Inferential Statistics

    • Examine inferential statistics and the nature of inferential data.
    • Examine inferential applications with bivariate and multivariate data.

    Types of Research Applied in the Counseling Profession

    • Define program needs assessment research.
    • Define clinical outcome research.
    • Discuss program evaluation research.

    Writing a Research Proposal

    • Describe the process of creating a needs assessment or program evaluation proposal.
    • Describe the process of creating a research proposal.

    Skills for Evaluation of Research Articles

    • Identify appropriate sources of research articles.
    • Define steps to critically evaluate research articles.

    Research Ethics

    • Identify ethical issues in research specifically related to the counseling profession.
    • Examine professional and ethical obligations and responsibilities to research in the counseling profession.

    Proposal Presentations

    • Present a proposal that follows the scientific method, contains a clearly stated hypothesis, applies appropriate methodology, proposes appropriate statistical analyses, and states potential implications for the profession.

    Measurement and Instrumentation

    • Define and describe scales of measurement.
    • Discuss and define variables in research.
    • Identify and examine operational definitions of research variables.
    • Describe internal and external validity for research studies.
    • Examine psychometric properties of instruments (reliability and validity).
    • Interpret various sampling procedures and response rates, using samples and populations, randomization, and generalizability.
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