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Research Methods and Design Problems in Counselling and Spirituality

The focus of this course is the critical analysis and discussion of the challenges that counsellors face in choosing and applying qualitative and quantitative methods to spirituality. In-depth study of design pitfalls that arise from the complexity and unpredictability of working with human subjects given the multi-cultural complexity of pluralistic societies. Potential topics include sampling issues, measurement issues, and special analytic techniques.

Faculty of Human Sciences >> Counselling and Spirituality

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Spring / Summer 2021
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
IPA 8105 WA00
The course is prerecorded (asynchronous mode) and offered only online via Brightspace.
Course offered in English
May 03 - July 23 N/A Online Laura Lynne Armstrong
Summary

The focus of this course is the critical analysis and discussion of the challenges that counsellors face in choosing and applying qualitative and quantitative methods to spirituality. In-depth study of design pitfalls that arise from the complexity and unpredictability of working with human subjects given the multi-cultural complexity of pluralistic societies. Potential topics include sampling issues, measurement issues, and special analytic techniques. We will also be learning and using SPSS.

Objectives

Through lectures, group discussions, activities and readings, students will be able to: 

  1. In depth study of qualitative and quantitative research designs and methods appropriate to the description and investigation of the areas of counselling and spirituality. 

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills in research construction and evaluation. 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical concerns in research. 

  1. Construct a graduate level mixed methods thesis proposal that will lay the groundwork for your doctoral thesis research. 

  1. Display basic SPSS skills and conduct basic qualitative analyses. 

Workload

Assignments (Each assignment builds on the previous assignment) – deliverables: total of one 10-12 page paper; 2 brief presentations 

Assessment

Based on a student’s dissertation research interests, this compilation of assignments will serve to develop a 10-12 page “mini thesis” that students can use as a template for their dissertation and includes practice of a presentation similar to their future defense presentation: 

  • Assignment 1: Methodology presentation (15 minutes) – 20%, 5% for providing feedback on classmates presentations. 

  • Assignment 2: 5-6 page literature review & mixed methods (including the methods previously delivered in the methodology presentation, modified based on feedback) – 15% 

  • Assignment 3Classmates pretend to be each other’s qualitative & quantitative research samples (e.g., persons who are homeless, seniors, children, etc.). Students submit raw qualitative analyses and SPSS output files – 5% 

  • Assignment 4: Research presentation (15 minutes) – literature review, brief methods, results, discussion, limitations, & importance/clinical implications – 20%, 5% for providing feedback on classmates’ presentations 

  • Assignment 5: Revise literature review/methods based on feedback (previous 5-6 page document), add results, discussion, limitations, & importance/clinical implications, based on presentation feedback received from the professor & classmates. Total of 10-12 pages plus APA references – 25% 

  • Assignment 6: Active engagement in viewing video lectures – there will be experiential learning exercises – post brief responses/reflections on BrightSpace  - 5% 

Mandatory Reading

 

  • Video lectures to be posted on BrightSpace 

 

  • Creswell, J. W(2014). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications 

 

  • Field, A. (2018). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (5th ed.).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications 

 

  • APA publication Manual (7th ed.) 

 

  • SPSS statistical software (students can download a one-week trial for free or purchase the student license) 

 

 

OTHER READINGS 

Other recommended readings will be posted on BrightSpace 

 

Important Information

This course will be offered online, asynchronous, but the professor would enjoy one-on-one meetings via Zoom with students to help them shape their ideas or to address any challenges students have.