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Doing Research to Learn (to Do) Research DR2LR
Jerry A. Mobley and Pamela J. Davis
School counselors and other educational professionals need to be trained to do research in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of their programs and often justify their professional existence. Doing research to learn the process of research (DR2LR) has been recommended and is demonstrated in this article. By incrementally implementing the steps that have been suggested by others into a reasonable sequence, simplifying the traditional formal research thesis or dissertation process, utilizing ideas from action research, and strategizing how to keep students progressing through their research, meaningful research can be implemented at the master’s level that initiates students to assessment data in their practices beyond the previous structure of research courses. Key words: research, action research, teaching research, data, assessment, counseling, counselor education, thesis, dissertation