This text specifically and fully addresses the particular problems that confront counselling researchers. All examples and illustrations are drawn from the counselling literature, making them relevant to counselling students. The book includes chapters on general design texts, such as process research, analogue designs, and qualitative research. The authors not only present the basics of design; they also seek to demystify the research process and alleviate the anxiety students often have about conducting research.
Table of Contents
Part I Philosophical, ethical and training issues: 1. Science and Training in Counseling. 2. Identifying and Operationalizing Research Topics. 3. Choosing Research Designs. 4. Validity Issues in Research Design. 5. Ethical Issues in Counseling Research. Part II Major research designs: 6. Between-Groups and Within-Subjects Designs. 7. Quasi-Experimental and Time Series Designs. 8. Single-Subject Designs. 9. Quantitative Descriptive Designs. 10. Qualitative Research. Part III Methodological issues: 11. Designing and Evaluating the Independent Variable. 12. Designing and Choosing the Dependent Variable. 13. Population Issues. 14. Experimenter and Subject Bias. 15. Analogue Research. 16. Outcome Research: Methodological Issues. 17. Design Issues Related to Counselling Process Research. 18. Program Evaluation. Part IV Professional issues: 19. Professional Issues: Writing and Research Training.