The idea of statistics may be daunting for you. It is important to recognize that statistics are simply another method of communication. As counselors-in-training, you know that communication is one of your critical skill sets. As you learned the basic elements of effective communication and had your first practice session as a counselor, you likely struggled to find the right words. However, as you practiced, you probably became more comfortable in your role and found it easier to connect with your client. As you complete your field experiences and first years of professional practice, those communication skills will continue to improve. The same is true for statistics. As you are exposed to material, it may seem somewhat foreign, and you may struggle to understand how to appropriately interpret statistics for your practice. However, if you immerse yourself in the professional literature and continue to increase your awareness of research, your understanding of basic statistics will improve.
In this Application Assignment you critically analyze and evaluate the research and statistics contained in research articles.
The assignment: (2–3 pages)
•Conduct a library search and select a research article from a professional counseling journal that employs statistical methods and concepts. Briefly describe the study and three statistical concepts that you think are important in the article. Provide a rationale for selecting the identified statistical concepts.
•Analyze the statistical method used in the article and explain its appropriateness for counseling research and program evaluation.
•Explain any ethical, legal, and socio-cultural considerations that may be relevant for the statistical analysis or interpretation of the statistics.
Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are required to provide a reference list and to appropriately cite, in APA style, all references used within your assignment.