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A landmark publication, The Handbook of Counseling defines the field of counselling - how it has developed, the current state of the discipline and profession, and where this dynamic field is going. Edited and with chapters contributed by the leaders in counselling education and research, including several past-presidents of the American Counselling Association, this Handbook is comprehensive in its scope.

Quantitative Research Methods
Quantitative research methods
Patricia B.Elmore
Richard W.Bradley

Counselors who question are researchers. They ponder problems and set out to resolve them. They solve puzzles, and the puzzles on which they concentrate are those they believe can be both stated and solved within an existing tradition. One such tradition in the history of science is labeled quantitative. Quantitative methods were derived from the word quantity, which means that something is measurable and that a number representing the quantity can be determined. This approach to research provides counselors with tools to organize and communicate information effectively.

To understand quantitative research methods, one needs to consider philosophical assumptions underlying the approaches. This methodology, as taught in most graduate counselor training programs, has been based on the positivism tradition of ...

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