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Questioning the Politics of Numbers: How to Read and Critique Research

ISBN : 9780199747399

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¥4,301
Author: 
Karin Gwinn Wilkins
Pages
128 Pages
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Paperback
Size
143 x 207 mm
Pub date
Jan 2011
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Questioning Numbers: How to Read and Critique Research is a critical companion for students in research methods courses in any of the social sciences. This book helps teach students how to read and critique research that employs numbers in the course of empirical argument. Author Karin Gwinn Wilkins provides a list of guidelines for reading research and also presents a critical approach to judging and using numbers in navigating and changing social worlds. Illuminating the agendas and politics that can inform how research is conducted and interpreted, this text shows readers how to read and critique research contexts, research design, sampling strategies, definitions, research implementation, data analysis, and interpretation. It also provides strong pedagogical support, including key terms, review exercises, and end-of-chapter reflection questions. A flexible supplement to more comprehensive research texts, Questioning Numbers helps students to become more critical consumers and producers of quantitative research across the social sciences.

Index: 

1. Chapter 1 How to Read and Critique Research
UNDERSTANDING NUMBERS
DEDUCTIVE AND INDUCTIVE PROCESSES
INTRINSIC VALUE
THE POLITICAL CONTEXT OF RESEARCH
RESEARCH ILLUSTRATIONS
NUMERICAL LITERACY
KEY TERMS
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
EXERCISE
2. Chapter 2 Why Do Research? Questioning the Research Context
WHO PRODUCED THE RESEARCH?
RESEARCHERS' HOME INSTITUTIONS
FUNDING 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
KEY TERMS
REVIEW QUESTIONS
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
EXERCISE
3. Chapter 3 What Can We Know? Questioning the Research Design
WHAT IS THE RESEARCH DESIGN?
WHAT ARE THE INTERNAL VALIDITY CONCERNS?
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL CROSS-SECTIONAL DESIGN
QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL LONGITUDINAL DESIGN
CASE STUDY DESIGN
QUESTIONING RESEARCH DESIGNS
WHY RESEARCH DESIGN MATTERS
KEY TERMS
REVIEW QUESTIONS
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
EXERCISE
4. Chapter 4 Who is the Research About? Questioning Selection Strategies
WHO OR WHAT IS THE SUBJECT OF THE RESEARCH?
VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
HOW ARE SUBJECTS SELECTED?
PROBABILITY SAMPLING
NON-PROBABILITY SAMPLING
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF THE SAMPLE?
WHY SELECTION STRATEGIES MATTER
KEY TERMS
REVIEW QUESTIONS
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
EXERCISE
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?
MEASUREMENT
ASSESSMENT
WHY DEFINITIONS MATTER
KEY TERMS
REVIEW QUESTIONS
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
EXERCISE
6. Chapter 6 How was the Research Conducted? Questioning Research Implementation
HOW ARE DATA GATHERED?
HOW DO RESEARCHERS GAIN ACCESS TO DATA?
DECEPTION
VOLUNTARY PARTICIPATION
INFORMED CONSENT
PUBLIC SPACE
HOW DO RESEARCHERS DOCUMENT THEIR OBSERVATIONS?
RECORDING OBSERVATIONS
CONFIDENTIALITY AND ANONYMITY
WHY RESEARCH IMPLEMENTATION MATTERS
KEY TERMS
REVIEW QUESTIONS
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
EXERCISE
7. Chapter 7 What Do We Know? Questioning Analysis & Interpretation
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT PATTERNS ACROSS VARIABLES?
SIGNIFICANCE
STRENGTH
CAUSALITY
WHAT DO WE STILL NEED TO KNOW?
WHY ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION MATTER
KEY TERMS
REVIEW QUESTIONS
REFLECTION QUESTIONS
EXERCISE
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

About the author: 

Karin Gwinn Wilkins is a Professor in the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

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