Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision

Document Type



anxiety and fear, online learning, research methods class, graduate students

Subject Area

Counselor Education


Two sections of research methods were offered to Master’s level Counselor Education students during the same semester; one section was a traditional classroom setting and the second section was a web/hybrid course. Students were surveyed about their fears surrounding the academic requirements of a research methods course and fears about the type of instruction for the course at the beginning and at the end of the class. Data showed that students in the web-hybrid course indicated higher levels of fear than the students in the traditional classroom setting. Implications for counselor educators include normalizing the fear associated with the academic requirements of a research methods class and acknowledging the fear students may have about using an online learning platform.



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