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Qualitative and Mixed Methods Designs in Consultation Research

Authored by: Joel Meyers , Stephen D. Truscott , Adena B. Meyers , Kristen Varjas , Samuel Y. Kim

Handbook of Research in School Consultation

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415501200
eBook ISBN: 9780203133170
Adobe ISBN: 9781136478444


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The literature in professional psychology and education has discussed consultation as a method of delivering services since the 1950s. Early discussions focused on mental health, behavioral, and organizational consultation (see J. Meyers, Parsons, & Martin, 1979). Although there has been some research on consultation throughout much of this period (e.g., see Gutkin & Curtis, 2009), numerous questions remain to be addressed. The purpose of this chapter is to illustrate how qualitative and mixed methods may help to enhance knowledge about processes and outcomes of consultation in educational settings. The chapter includes the following sections: a rationale for qualitative and mixed methodology, an overview of the history of qualitative and mixed methods, a description of key elements of qualitative and mixed methodology, a review of the previous research about consultation that has been conducted using qualitative and mixed methods, and future directions for using qualitative and mixed methods in research on school-based consultation.

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