Final Project
Final Project
The Final Project in this course will be a literature review aimed at determining the
evidence to support a counseling theory, technique, or intervention of your choice. In this
project, you will explore quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research articles
published within the last 10 years in counseling journals related to your selected topic. In
addition to examining specific research methodology, you will also include a review of
articles focused on program evaluation efforts related to your topic of interest.

The Final Project for this course will involve the construction of a literature review that
can be used to inform counseling practice. For this assignment, you will have to do the
a) Select a theory, technique, or intervention strategy that can be applied in your counseling
specialty that you would like to explore in the professional literature
b) Visit the Walden University Library to determine if there is sufficient professional literature
available related to your topic of interest
c) Submit your topic to your Course Instructor for approval
d) Select:
1. At least five quantitative research articles
2. At least five qualitative research articles
3. At least one mixed methods research article
4. At least one program evaluation article for review
Your review should include between 12 and 15 peer-reviewed articles. Note that mixed
methods research articles may not be published on every topic of interest. In these
cases, additional program evaluation articles may be substituted.
Constructing a Literature Review

Writing a quality literature review involves a thorough knowledge of research methods
and exemplary writing skills. A well-written literature review conveys the story of the
research that has been conducted to date on a certain topic. Contained in the story is a
critical analysis of the research efforts (e.g., design, procedure, sample, data analysis, and
interpretation) and an evaluation of how the research can inform practice. By conducting
a review of the literature, it is possible to determine if gaps exist that require further
research. Throughout this course, you will develop a thorough understanding of the
literature review process and the components of a quality literature review.
Although the Final Project is not to be submitted until Day 4 of Week 11, you should
become familiar with the project requirements and have them in mind as you proceed
through the course.
The Final Project will be evaluated according to all four indicators in the Application
Assignment and Final Paper Writing Rubric located in the Course Information area. Be
sure that the Final Project is written using APA format.
Information on scholarly writing may be found in the APA Manual (6th ed.) and at the
Walden Writing Center website. Also, see the Walden University Policies and Information
in the Guidelines and Policies area under “Policies on Academic Honesty.”

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