Quantitative Research Brief



QuantitativeResearch Brief

AngeloState University


Article Title

Trusting Each Other: Student-Counselor Relationships in Diverse High Schools


The purpose of the article is to determine the quality of student-counselor relationship in different high schools


How do students and counselors relate in the education setting?

Sub Questions

  1. How does the school environment affect the work of counselors when advising learners on college application?

  2. What are the expectation of students and learners during their interaction?

  3. How is trust developed through the counselor-student relationship?


The research inclines to a primary perspective whereby the author recruited respondents and collected data. Primary inquiries involve visiting the areas of interest and gathering information from the targets (Yilmaz, 2013). In addition, the information gathered from the participants was analyzed and the findings informed the study’s conclusion.


The author relied on observation as the main method of collecting data. He scrutinized the students in schools, hallways, and classroom and lunch areas. He also interviewed both male and female students, security officers, counselors and administrators.

Data collection

The data was collected over a period of two years. Longer study durations render research credible (Ritchie et al., 2013). Through observation and interviewing students, teachers, counselors and administrators, the author gathered information for at least six hours per session. He also took notes that were compiled within 24 hours to avoid leaving out imperative parts.

Research Timeline

The research timeline was approximately two years. The period was enough to interact with the parties and observe the relationship between the variables.

Data Analysis

The researcher employed the Atlas ti, a software program that is used to analyze large sets of data (Friese, 2014). The analysis was both deductive and inductive based of the theoretical framework and data patterns respectively.


The author used discussion to present the findings. Unlike in most primary studies, the author chose to analyze the data elsewhere and avoided figures and charts when providing the deductions. The results of the interviews and surveys play an invaluable role in shaping the findings and conclusions (Aydelotte et al., 2015).


Holland, M. M. (2015). Trusting Each Other Student-Counselor Relationships in Diverse High Schools. Sociology of Education, 0038040715591347.


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