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Counseling and Educational Research : Evaluation and Application

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11/19/2008
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Summary

Fills a special niche for courses in counseling and educational research' The Second Edition of Counseling and Educational Research: Evaluation and Application emphasizes the importance of being a good consumer of research and teaches the practitioner how to conduct research in practice. Author Rick Houser uses concrete examples from the professional literature to demonstrate how to effectively evaluate and interpret research articles. In order to give the reader a chance to see the evaluation of an article from beginning to end, this new edition uses several articles throughout the book to illustrate the methods of evaluation and interpretation rather than using different articles for each segment of an article. New to the Second Edition Offers more material on qualitative research Includes a new chapter on statistical methods Provides a new chapter on mixed methods Incorporates a new chapter on searching articles in professional journals and searching various online databases Summarizes recent developments through a new chapter on evidence-based research Presents new articles to draw on for examples Gives ACA ethical guidelines and expanded coverage on program evaluationIntended Audience This book is specifically written for introductory courses in research methods at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels in the fields of counseling, social work, education, and psychology.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction to the Research Process
Science and the Research Process
Definitions of Science and Research
Practitioner-Scientist
Assumptions About Science and Research
Relevance of Using and Applying Skills in Evaluating Research
Steps in the Scientific Process
Purpose and Overview of the Text
Searching Articles in Professional Journals and Online Databases
Database Searches
Electronic Journals
Search Engines
Plagiarism
Summary
Basics of Statistical Methods
Measurement Scales
Common Statistical Definitions
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Nonparametric Statistics
Summary
Quantitative Research and Research Designs
Types of Variables
Research Designs
True Experimental Designs
Quasi-Experimental Designs
Pre-Experimental Designs
Descriptive Designs
Summary
Qualitative Research Methods
Advantages and Disadvantages of Qualitative Research
Units of Data Collection
Traditions or Paradigms in Conducting Qualitative Research
Case Study Approach
Ethnographic
Grounded Theory
Phenomenological
Historical
Summary
Mixed Methods Research
History of Mixed Methods Research
Triangulation
Mixed Research Models
Research Study Examples of Mixed Methods
Summary
Evidence-Based Research Methods
Definitions of Evidence-Based Practice
Steps in Evidence-Based Practice
Principles of Evidence-Based Practice
Criticisms of Evidence-Based Practice
Examples of Evidence-Based Practice
Summary
Ethics and Research
Ethical Principles and Guidelines
Guidelines for Evaluating the Research Literature
Evaluation of Research Presented in the Professional Literature
Tuskegee Syphilis Study
Milgram Study
Other Studies
Summary
Evaluating Articles in the Professional Literature
Evaluating the Literature Review
Guidelines and Questions for Evaluating Research
Evaluation of Examples From the Research Literature
Summary
Evaluating the Purpose Statement and Hypotheses
Guidelines and Questions for Evaluationg the Purpose Statement
Evaluation of Examples From the Research Literature
Summary
Quantitative Research Hypotheses
Indirect Proof: An Orientation to the Scientific Approach
Types of Hypotheses
Guidelines and Questions for Evaluating Hypotheses
Evaluation of Examples From the Research Literature
Evaluating a Hypothesis in Qualitative Research Methods
Summary
Evaluating the Methods Section--Sampling Methods
Sampling Methods Used in Quantitative Research
Sample Size
Sampling Methods in Qualitative Research
Sampling Errors and Sampling Bias
Guidelines and Questions for Evaluating the Methods Section Sample
Evaluating Examples From the Research Literature
Summary
Evaluating the Methods Section--Procedures
Description of Study Variables
Random Assignment
Threats to Internal Validity
Threats to External Validity
Evaluation of Examples From the Research Literature
Summary
Evaluating the Methods Section--Instruments
Standardization of Instruments
Culture, Gender, and Diversity Bias
Reliability of Instruments
Validity of Instruments
Approaches to Measuring the Dependent Variable
Guidelines and Questions for Evaluating the Instruments--Quantitative Research
Evaluating Examples From the Research Literature--Quantitative Research
Guidelines and Questions for Evaluating the Instruments--Qualitative Research
Summary
Evaluating the Results Section
Quantitative Research Results
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics
Summary
Guidelines for Evaluating the Results Section--Quantitative Research
Evaluating Examples From the Research Literature--Quantitative Research
Evaluating the Results Section--Qualitative Research
Summary
Guidelines for Evaluating the Results Section--Qualitative Research
Evaluating an Example From the Results Section--Qualitative Research
Evaluating the Discussion Section
Guidelines for Evaluating the Discussion Section
Evaluating Examples From the Research Literature
Summary
Application of Research and Evaluation
Developing a Research Proposal and Conducting Research in Practice
Practitioner-Researchers
Developing a Research Proposal
Practical Considerations in Conducting Research
Summary
Development and Application of Program Evaluation Research
Definitions of Program Evaluation Research
Professional Standards for Program Evaluation
Types of Evaluations
Evaluation Models
Steps in an Evaluation
Summary
Current and Future Issues in Counseling and Educational Research
The Practitioner-Scientist Model
The Relevance of Research to Practice
Conducting Research From a Cross-Cultural and Diversity Perspective
Summary
Glossary
References
Index
About the Author
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