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Methodology and Procedures The first purpose of the section on methodology and procedures, which is included in Chapter I, is to demonstrate your familiarity with the particular research methodology you intend to use. (Note that this discussion uses the term methodology , singular, though your research may draw on one or more specific research methodologies.) The second purpose of this section is to describe, at least tentatively, specific procedures that you anticipate adopting for your thesis. In other words, this section succinctly articulates specific procedures for addressing your research problem and what you intend to do to answer your research question. The methodology and procedures sections include a concise discussion of your methodology, participants, materials, and procedures. Research Methodology The criteria for the thesis in the Counseling Psychology program were stated previously (see pp. 33-34) as follows: Within the context of the Institute’s guiding vision, students are encouraged to select a particular topic that they wish to explore in depth. Towards this end, the student is asked to pursue an area of individual interest relevant to the issues of counseling and depth psychology (e.g., therapeutic issues, psychological motifs, clinical procedures); ground this particular area of interest in a conceptual framework (e.g., background information, findings, concluding evaluation); demonstrate competency in researching a specific area and in expressing ideas with clarity and precision; and submit a thesis that meets all criteria for the completion of the thesis and is worthy of submission to ProQuest for publication as determined by the Research Coordinator. In order to satisfy these criteria and to assist future researchers, the student will select a methodology or methodologies suitable for the research problem and research question and write a statement regarding research methodology in the thesis proposal for CP 620-Research in Psychology, in the thesis outline for CP 650-Directed Research I, and in both the Abstract and Chapter I of the thesis itself. In Chapter I, in addition to naming the research methodology utilized, the statement will include information about participants, materials, procedures, and the limitations of the chosen research methodology. Additionally, if the data gathering process has included the use of human participants or co-researchers, the final, approved ethics application will be included as an appendix in the thesis. Quantitative Methodology Though the use of quantitative methodology is rare in Counseling Psychology theses, you are and will be consumers of quantitative research and therefore need to be familiar with this approach. Also, some students use the thesis as a pilot project for what becomes a doctoral dissertation, which may involve the use of quantitative research methods
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