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Qualitative Research in Counseling: Applying Robust Methods and Illuminating Human Context
Lisa Lopez Levers, Renée I. Anderson, Anthony M. Boone, Jane V. Cebula, Kailla Edger, Lauren Kuhn, Erin E. Neuman, and Jodi Sindlinger
The aim of this paper is to describe selected qualitative research methods and to illuminate how these apply to counseling. The anticipated outcome is that readers can build upon their knowledge of research, becoming better informed about qualitative strategies and their applications to counseling. Specific objectives include differentiating hypothesis-testing from hypothesis-generating research paradigms, understanding key elements of major qualitative research strategies, and identifying problems for which qualitative methods are appropriately employed and rigorously applied. Nested within our descriptions, we define and explicate common terms and constructs used by qualitative researchers. We offer arguments that support the use of qualitative research methods within the counselor education arena, and we conclude by deriving specific recommendations from these evidence-based arguments.