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Evidence-Based School Counseling

Evidence-Based School Counseling
Making a Difference With Data-Driven Practices

Edited by:
  • Carey Dimmitt - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA
  • John C. Carey - Ronald H. Fredrickson Center for School Counseling Outcome Research & Evaluation, UMASS Amherst
  • Trish Hatch - San Diego State University, USA

June 2007 | 240 pages | Corwin

Measure the difference you make in students' academic, career, and personal/social development!

Today's school counselors are under enormous pressure to document their effectiveness by using data and producing quantitative accountability reports—whether or not they've had the appropriate training. This authoritative guide from highly respected counselor educators and trainers gives preservice and inservice school counselors the tools to knowledgeably identify evidence-based practices in their field and to use data in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs and interventions.

Evidence-Based School Counseling provides a practical process for using evidence to determine three critical issues: what needs to be done, which interventions should be implemented, and whether or not the interventions are effective. Aligned with the American School Counselor Association's National Model, this resource offers counselors skill-building guidelines for:

  • Selecting, collecting, and analyzing data for informed planning
  • Carrying out action research and building collaborative partnerships
  • Measuring student learning and behavior change
  • Communicating results to stakeholders, and more

As counselors successfully incorporate data-based decision making and program planning into their work, they will witness positive academic and personal changes in the lives of their students.

About the Authors
1. Moving to Evidence-Based School Counseling Practice
Integrating Evidence and Practice  
A Model for Evidence-Based School Counseling Practice  
Evidence-Based School Counseling in the Context of the Reform Movement  
School Counseling and Standards  
School Counseling Reform  
2. Data-Based Decision Making: Knowing What Needs to Be Addressed
Data-Based Decision Making and School Improvement  
Data-Based Decision-Making Models  
A General Model for Data-Based Decision Making  
Enabling Conditions for Data-Based Decision Making  
3. Practical Considerations in Using Data
Types of Data  
Collecting, Analyzing, and Disaggregating Data  
Developing Data-Based Action Plans  
Creating an Action Plan With Evaluation in Mind: Using Process, Perception, and Results Data  
Data Over Time  
4. Choosing Interventions: Reading and Weighing Outcome Research
Why Are Research-Based School Counseling Interventions Important?  
Becoming an Informed Consumer of Research  
The Research Context  
How Can School Counselors Find Interventions That Will Work?  
5. Evaluating School Counseling Interventions and Programs
What Is Evaluation?  
Programs and Interventions  
Evaluating Interventions  
Evaluating Programs  
"Customer" Satisfaction  
Using External Experts in School Counseling Reviews  
Sample Intervention Evaluation Action Plan: Evaluation of Second Step Violence Prevention Curriculum (Fifth Grade)  
6. Action Research and Collaborative Partnerships
What Is Action Research?  
Action Research Partnerships  
Why Conduct Action Research?  
How to Conduct Action Research  
7. Measuring Student Learning and Behavior Change
Types of Assessment  
Measuring Student Learning Effectively  
Using Existing Assessment Tools  
Measuring Changes in Attitudes, Skills, and Knowledge  
Developing Pre- and Posttests  
Sample Learning Goals and Related Pre- and Posttest Questions  
Sample Standards-Aligned Curriculum and Pre- and Posttests  
Fifth Grade-Middle School Transition Lesson  
8. Using Surveys to Gather Information
Using Existing Surveys  
Survey Development  
9. Moving to Evidence-Based School Counseling Practice
An Integrated Evidence-Based Proactive Approach  
The Journey: Getting From Here to There  
A Five-Year Plan  
Reporting About Results to Enhance Legitimacy  
Disseminating Results Effectively  
The ASCA National Model and Results Reporting  
Planning Your Ongoing Professional Skill Development  
Reconstructing Professional Identity  
Appendix A: Guidance Curriculum Action Plans, Intentional Guidance Action Plans, and a Needs Assessment Survey
Appendix B: Summary of School Counseling Outcome Research Articles and Findings

"The dual scenarios at the beginning of each chapter give a great visual of what an evidence-based approach looks like."

Shawn Grime, School Counselor
Bryan High School, OH

"The move to evidence-based school counseling practice presents a daunting challenge, but the authors offer a sound argument as to why it must be met and then get busy explaining how to do what we need to do."

Katie Gray, Director of Student Services
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, MA

"School counselors and students of the profession receive specific guidelines and models for collecting and analyzing data, including tips on measuring student learning and behavior modification. An excellent guide counselors will appreciate."

California Bookwatch, August 2007

"An utterly invaluable guide to measuring qualities and situations that would seem at first glance to deny quantification. Highly recommended for aspiring and working professionals in the field."

Wisconsin Bookwatch, November 2007
Midwest Book Review

"What sets this book apart from its contemporaries is that it is both comprehensive and practical. The book is well written, well organized, and easy to read. It not only serves to educate but, equally important, to inspire change, innovation, and forward movement."

PsycCRITIQUES, February 2008, Vol. 53(9)
American Psychological Association

"An excellent contribution to the field of school counseling."

Victoria L. Bacon, Professor of Counselor Education
Bridgewater State College

Easy to read information about becoming effective consumers of educational research

Dr Jane McGuire
School Of Education, California Baptist University
January 21, 2010

This text is used as a recommended text for the course to assist the students in many of their school counseling assignments.

Dr Karen Rowland
College of Continuing and Professional Studies, Mercer University Graduate Professional Center
October 14, 2009
Key features
  • Explores the school counselor's role in the accountability movement

  • Walks counselors through the process of selecting, collecting, and analyzing outcome research

  • Offers accessible instruction on using statistics in data analysis

  • Provides the principles of effective program evaluation

  • Fills a critical void in school counseling professional literature

Sample Materials & Chapters

Dimmitt Preface

Dimmitt Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781412948906