This course will address how educators gather and interpret information needed for effective decision making in research and assessment. Topics include the major use and components of classroom or school-based research processes, academic test interpretation and limitations. Also included will be: quantitative and qualitative methods, critique of research studies, assessment and evaluation, integration of assessment with instruction, comprehensive school counseling programs and what it means to be a practitioner-researcher. Participants examine cultural assumptions held by researchers and effects of these assumptions on research practices and results. Candidates will learn how to utilize technology in conducting research. Participants will develop their own research proposals including methods of data gathering and analysis.