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Questioning numbers : how to read and critique research

Author: Karin Gwinn Wilkins
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
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The purpose of Questioning the Politics of Numbers is to offer a primer on how to read and critique research that uses numbers in the course of empirical argument. As a supplement to more  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karin Gwinn Wilkins
ISBN: 0199747393 9780199747399
OCLC Number: 639573788
Description: xiv, 107 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 How to Read and Critique Research --
Understanding Numbers --
Deductive and Inductive Processes --
Intrinsic Value --
Political Context of Research --
Research Illustrations --
Numerical Literacy --
Key Terms --
Reflection Questions --
Exercises --
ch. 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? --
What is the Research Justified? --
Why the Research Context Matters --
Key Terms --
Review Questions --
Reflection Questions --
Exercise --
ch. 3 What Can We Know? Questioning 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 --
ch. 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 --
ch. 5 What is the Research About? Questioning Key Terms --
How are Key Concepts Defined? --
What Do we Know about Key Variables? --
Measurement --
Assessment --
Why Definitions Matter --
Key Terms --
Review Questions --
Reflection Questions --
Exercise --
ch. 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 --
ch. 7 What Do We Know? Questioning Analysis and 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 --
ch. 8 Questioning Research --
Guideline of Questions --
Questioning the Research Context --
Questioning the Research Design --
Questioning Selection Strategies --
Questioning Key Terms --
Questioning the Research Implementation --
Questioning Analysis and Interpretation --
Why the Political Context Matters.
Responsibility: Karin Gwinn Wilkins.

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"A handy-dandy methods supplement that really does a great job of helping students understand why scholars make the choices they do in research design and implementation."--David M. Rhea, Governors Read more...

 
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