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Counseling Students Attitudes toward Research Methods Class
Shu-Ching Wang and Yuh-Jen Guo
Doctoral counseling students need to undergo a vigorous dissertation process to learn a complete research experience, from research design and data analysis, to publishing research results. Unlike doctoral counseling students, master’s students receive academic training that places more emphasis on practical counseling skills and knowledge than on counseling research training (Hazler & Kottler, 1994). A thesis or research project is usually optional or not included in a degree plan. Without a graduation requirement of research, master’s counseling students may not perceive research methods classes as pivotal as other core courses. Their attitude and interests in taking research methods classes and involving future research activities could be minimized. Our study is investigating whether or not a required research component, such as thesis and research project, improves students’ attitude towards research methods classes and stimulates students’ interests in research.