ERIC Number: ED341946
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Research Themes in Counseling Psychology: A Concept Map.
Billings, Maralyn; Kunkel, Mark A.
None of the various organizational methods (archival, categorical, encyclopedic, taxonomic, and statistical) employed to organize, classify, and categorize research in counseling psychology has been able to capture a sense of the whole; none appreciates the relations among research topics. Concept mapping, a research method in which nonmetric multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis are applied to unstructured card sorts, represents an alternative approach that incorporates archival, categorical, and statistical elements of previous efforts. A study was conducted which used topical titles of The Counseling Psychologist as the source of concept map items. Research participants (N=52) were members of the American Psychological Association's Division 17 (Counseling Psychology). They completed rating sheets in which they indicated the perceived professional significance each title had for them and then sorted into piles cards on which each title was printed along with the instruction to sort the cards in a way that made sense to them. To the extent that participants meaningfully arrayed and prioritized these research titles, an alternative organizational scheme resulted. Concept mapping appears to be a viable alternative research method for investigations wherein the contents and underlying structure of phenomena are areas of focus. (NB)
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