Using national education longitudinal data sets in school counseling research

Julia Bryan, Norma Day-Vines, Cheryl Holcomb-Mccoy, Cheryl Moore-Thomas

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National longitudinal databases hold much promise for school counseling researchers. Several of the more frequently used data sets, possible professional implications, and strategies for acquiring training in the use of large-scale national data sets are described. A 6-step process for conducting research with the data sets is explicated: determining research questions, accessing the data set, understanding the study's sample design, determining an analytic sample, considering pertinent data analysis issues, and understanding the limitations of using the data sets. Suggestions for preparing school counseling researchers and potential themes for future research are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-279
Number of pages14
JournalCounselor Education and Supervision
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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