Value: 50% of the final grade
Critically review and evaluate scientific research.
Demonstrate critical thinking skills by synthesizing selected counselling research based upon research methodology, therapeutic approach, findings, or any other areas of critique.
Accurately apply course concepts through an integrated literature review
The purpose of this comprehensive literature review is to communicate the main points of existing research in your topic area and to discuss both the implications and strengths and weaknesses of the designs. Special attention should be paid to issues of reliability and validity as well as ethical considerations, as appropriate. The goal of the paper will be to evaluate the research in the field and identify any shortcomings in your area of interest, making specific recommendations for future quantitative and qualitative research. The review is not meant to re-iterate the details of the studies and paraphrase each and every point; rather, it should summarize and discuss these studies in a critical manner that will support your conclusions and recommendations. This assignment should be seen as an opportunity for you to demonstrate your understanding of the core concepts of research methodology. Quotes should be used sparingly or not at all.
For Assignment 3: Final project, you are asked to complete a comprehensive literature review of your chosen topic. Guidelines on how to structure your paper are provided in the Final Project Template. Select at least 12 peer-reviewed journal articles (published within the last 10 years) related to your topic (six quantitative and six qualitative). You may search for your article through online scholarly search engines or databases, such as Google Scholar, ERIC, BASE, PsycInfo, PubMed Health.
For the Final Project assignment, please use the third person point of view. According to APA, most formal writing, including APA papers, uses the third person point of view. Third person makes ideas sound less subjective since it removes direct reference to the writer. It also creates a more generalized statement (APA, 2020, p. 120).
Note: Meta-Analysis, Systematic Review, Pilot studies, Mixed methods, and Single-subject case studies are not permitted.
Ensure the comprehensive literature review:
includes sections and subsections identified in the template;
includes a problem statement and research question(s) that specifically describes what you would like to know about your chosen topic;
summarizes the main points of the studies clearly, including assessment of reliability and validity (for quantitative studies) and credibility, transferability, and dependability (for qualitative studies);
includes specific recommendations for future research in both the quantitative and qualitative realms;
demonstrates evidence of insight and synthesis of ideas from various parts of the course, including ethical considerations; and
is well written, accurate, and concise.
Required components: Title page, Abstract, and Reference page
Length of Assignment: The text body of paper (i.e., excluding title page, abstract, and references) should consist of approximately 2500 words (8-10 pages), double-spaced typed pages, Times New Roman font size: 12).
Format: Please, format your assignment in Word (files with extension .doc or .docx).
References: at least 12 (six quantitative and six qualitative) peer-reviewed journal articles (published within the last 10 years) related to the topic you declared in Assignment 1.
Select and review at least 12 (six quantitative and six qualitative) peer-reviewed journal articles related to the topic
Any sources used to support your written narrative should be cited using correct APA format. Although Wikipedia can be a useful starting place to gather very general information no Wikipedia references will be accepted as scholarly citations.
It is important to select credible sources for assignments.
The following rubric indicates those areas you should be focusing on in preparing your assignment, and how the professor will weigh these components relative to one another.
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