Posted: August 10th, 2015

Disseminating Counseling Research

Disseminating Counseling Research

In the research planning phase, researchers representing all three traditions (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods) transform a research idea into one or more viable research questions. Quantitative researchers, qualitative researchers, and mixed researchers plan the study to address the research question(s)—keeping in mind the sampling design, or the number of participants selected and the sampling scheme used to select them (e.g., random vs. non-random) and research design, or the framework (e.g., outline or plan) that is used to address the research question(s).

With respect to all three traditions, the research implementation phase involves data collection and the steps of analyzing data, validating the data, and interpreting data. This is the phase where the research planning and designing planned by the researcher(s) becomes action. For all three research traditions, the length of time needed to complete each of these steps varies from one study to the next, and is dependent on the decisions made in the research conceptualization phase (e.g., research questions) and the research planning phase (i.e., sample design, research design), as well as on the scope of the study and available resources (e.g., time, money).

Finally, in the research dissemination phase, researchers share their research findings orally (e.g., presenting their findings in class; presenting their findings at a research conference), visually (e.g., performance ethnography wherein the research findings are performed via dramatic representations such as plays), or, most importantly, in writing. Typically, the goal is to make the findings available to one or more others to build a knowledge base of evidenced practices.

This assignment will help you to clarify your understanding of the research report for disseminating counseling research and program evaluation. You should also listen to the lecture, review supplemental materials, and use the rubrics as guides to help you complete the assignment. In this assignment, you will describe the major sections of a research report and the content included in each section. Include an example of the following important conceptual considerations for each of the three research traditions (quantitative, qualitative, mixed methods):
Dominant research goal examples
Potential Sampling examples
Reasoning (e.g., deductive, inductive)
Possible research questions examples
Type(s) of data (e.g., numeric, Likert-format, observation notes, transcribed interviews) and data analysis (select at least two examples of data and describe at least one tool/procedure for data analysis for each tradition)
Inferences/Interpretations from data (e.g., generality, transferability)
Common mistakes (e.g., researcher bias, reporting effect size, transparency) and possible ways to address one or more mistakes
This assignment should be 3-4 pages in length, not including the cover sheet or reference list and is worth 75 points.

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