Suppose that you have taught an introductory counseling skills course at a community college for several
years. The high proportion of students who drop out before the end of each term is, in your view, an important
problem that you need to address.
You have two weeks before your next class begins, and you can spend about one hour a day (for a total of ten
hours) deciding on a strategy to reduce the dropout rate. You are considering two options for how to spend the
bulk of your time: (1) carrying out a literature review to identify previous studies related to the problem, or (2)
designing and initiating your own action research. Name three factors you would consider in deciding which
option to choose.
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