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Research And Data Analysis In School Counseling

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This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of research and evaluation in the counseling profession. Topics include research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, program evaluation, and data driven research necessary in the school setting. Emphasis is placed on understanding connections between research design and data analysis related to school counseling.



This graduate-level course is 8 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: 8 weeks

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    Types of Research Applied in an Educational Counseling Setting

    • Discuss ASCA framework for accountability in school counseling as it relates to process, perception, and results data.
    • Discuss current methods of using data to inform decision making and accountability.
    • Examine use of student data to support the design of effective school counseling programs and interventions.
    • Compare and contrast the scientific method and action research.

    • Describe quantitative and qualitative approaches as they apply to descriptive research, surveys, experimental design, and program evaluation.

    Research Ethics

    • Identify ethical issues in research specifically related to school counseling.

    • Examine professional and ethical obligations and responsibilities to research in the counseling profession.

    • Identify ethical and culturally relevant strategies for interpreting and reporting results of research and program evaluation studies.

    • Examine the use of data driven school counseling programs from an ethical perspective.

    Research Design

    • Define the elements of action research design.
    • Discuss research questions and the logic of hypothesis testing.
    • Describe the relationship of hypothesis to theory and theory to knowledge and practice.
    • Interpret various sampling procedures and response rates using samples and populations, randomization, and generalizability.
    • Evaluate the quality of research, including issues of reliability and validity.

    Data Gathering and Analysis

    • Examine sources of information available for action research in a school setting.

    • Examine descriptive data, including measures of central tendency, variability, and properties of the normal curve including probabilities.

    • Compare correlational statistics and the nature of correlational data with inferential statistics and the nature of inferential data.

    • Demonstrate statistical concepts to read and conduct research

    School-Based Research

    • Examine data from program audits and results reports to evaluate school program effectiveness and determine program needs.
    • Discuss basic strategies for evaluating counseling outcomes in school counseling.
    • Define outcome research data and best practices identified in school counseling research literature.
    • Examine models of program evaluation for school counseling programs.

    Writing a Research Proposal

    • Describe the process of creating a needs assessment, a program evaluation, and a research proposal.
    • Define possible outcomes for school counseling programs, activities, interventions, and experiences.
    • Develop measurable outcomes for school counseling programs, activities, interventions, and experiences.
    • Articulate how technology can be used to conduct school research and program evaluation.

    Proposal Presentations

    • Present a proposal that contains a clearly stated hypothesis, applies appropriate methodology, proposes appropriate data analyses, and states potential implications for use by school counselors.

    • Demonstrate the ability to report research data to a school community.

    Research Design and School Counseling

    • Define research and discuss the relevancy and application of research in advancing the counseling profession.

    • Compare and contrast principals of traditional and action research.

    • Articulate the relationships among theory, practice, and research in the counseling profession.

    • Identify appropriate sources of research articles.

    • Examine relevant research findings to inform the practice of school counseling.
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