Questioning the Politics of Numbers
How to Read and Critique Research
Table of Contents
1: Chapter 1 How to Read and Critique Research
Deductive and inductive processes
The Political context of research
2: Chapter 2 Why Do Research? Questioning the Research Context
Who produced the research?
Researchers' home institutions
Permission granting institutions
What is the purpose of the research?
What are the research questions?
How is the research justified?
Why the Research Context Matters
3: Chapter 3 What Can We Know? Questioning the Research Design
What is the research design?
What are the internal validity concerns?
Quasi-experimental cross-sectional design
Quasi-experimental longitudinal design
Case study design
Questioning research designs
Why Research Design Matters
4: Chapter 4 Who is the Research About? Questioning Selection Strategies
Who or what is the subject of the research?
How are subjects selected?
What are the limitations of the sample?
Why Selection Strategies Matter
5: Chapter 5 What is the Research About? Questioning Key Terms
How are key concepts defined?
How are variables operationalized from concepts?
What do we know about key variables?
Why Definitions Matter
6: Chapter 6 How was the Research Conducted? Questioning Research Implementation
How are data gathered?
How do researchers gain access to data?
How do researchers document their observations?
Confidentiality and anonymity
Why Research Implementation Matters
7: Chapter 7 What Do We Know? Questioning Analysis & Interpretation
What do we know about patterns across variables?
What do we still need to know?
Why Analysis and Interpretation Matter
8: Chapter 8 Questioning Research
Guideline of questions
Questioning the research context
Questioning the research design
Questioning the selection strategy
Questioning key terms
Questioning the research implementation
Questioning analysis & interpretation
Why the Political Context Matters