VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.
A Constructivist View of Research Planning
Helen S. Hamlet, Angela Carr, and Ramah Steinruck
Much is written about the need for research in the field of counseling and about concerns that counselors frequently appear hesitant to conduct original research. Identifying research interests often develops through collaboration with colleagues. This study investigates the variables that influence research interest identification and how collaboration and constructivism factor into this process. This phenomenological study identified five themes that impact the development of research interests: social justice; life experiences; professional identity development; collaboration with colleagues/opportunity; and innovation/ knowledge.