1st Edition

Critical Theory and Qualitative Data Analysis in Education

ISBN 9781138067035
Published July 9, 2018 by Routledge
268 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Critical Theory and Qualitative Data Analysis in Education offers a path-breaking explanation of how critical theories can be used within the analysis of qualitative data to inform research processes, such as data collection, analysis, and interpretation. This contributed volume offers examples of qualitative data analysis techniques and exemplars of empirical studies that employ critical theory concepts in data analysis. By creating a clear and accessible bridge between data analysis and critical social theories, this book helps scholars and researchers effectively translate their research designs and findings to multiple audiences for more equitable outcomes and disruption of historical and contemporary inequality.

Table of Contents


Foreword: Reflections on Research that is Humanizing

Maisha T. WinnPreface

Ashley N. Gaskew, Jamile Lee-Johnson, and Rachelle Winkle-Wagner

Section I The Need for Partnering Critical Theory and Data Analysis in Education

Chapter 1 The Missing Link in Data Analysis: An Introduction to the Use of Critical Theory to Guide Data Analysis

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Ashley Gaskew, and Jamila Lee-Johnson

Chapter 2 The Missing Infinite

Phil Frances Carspecken

Chapter 3 Trouble the Translating: Border Thinking, Indigenous Knowledges, and Undoing Method

Nathaniel Beck

Chapter 4 De-Norming the Syllabus: An Analysis Situated in Critical and Caring Pedagogies

Virginia M. Schwarz

Section II Critical Theory and Analysis with Marginalized Populations

Section Introduction

Keon M. McGuire

Chapter 5 Illuminating Systemic Inequality in Educations: Using Bourdieu in Critical Qualitative Data Analysis

Tangela Blakely Reavis

Chapter 6 "Wanna Be Startnin’ Somethin:" Answering the Methodological "Call" To Position Complex Blackness in Conversation with Hermeneutic Phenomenology

Steve D. Mobley, Jr.

Chapter 7 Thinking with Queer of Color Critique: A Multidimensional Approach to Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Reginald A. Blockett

Chapter 8 Globalization, Higher Education, and Crisis: A Model for Applying Critical Geography toward Data Analysis

Chelsea A. Blackburn Cohen

Chapter 9 Context and Materiality: Inclusive Appropriations of New Materialism for Qualitative Analysis

Barbara Dennis

Section III Critical Theories and Data Analysis in Institutions and Policies

Section Introduction

Christina W. Yao

Chapter 10 A Culture of Values: Rethinking School Quality and Culture through Fanonian Critical Theory

Jacqueline M. Forbes

Chapter 11 Discourse, Representation, and "Othering": Postcolonial Analysis of Donald Trump’s Education Reform

Mercy Agyepong

Chapter 12 Analyzing Policy Critically: Using Critical Race Theory to Analyze

Rachelle Winkle-Wagner, Thandi Sulè, and Dina C. Maramba

Chapter 13 Habermas and Data Analysis in For-Profit Higher Education Institutions

Ashley Gaskew

Chapter 14 Sistahs’ are Doin’ it for themselves: Using Social Media to (Re)Center Black Women’s Voices in Educational Research

Jamila Lee-Johnson and Lora Henderson


Jamila Lee-Johnson, Ashley Gaskew, and Rachelle Winkle-Wagner

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Rachelle Winkle-Wagner is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.

Jamila Lee-Johnson is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.

Ashley N. Gaskew is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program and the Curriculum and Instruction program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA.


"In addition to offering ways for scholars to build on existing methodologies, contributors to this volume also offer new paradigms while inviting all scholars to consider their tools…. I am encouraged by education researchers desire to transcend contrived borders and employ the methods, forms of methods, analysis, and strategic reconstruction of these forms in order to ask an entirely new set of questions."
from the Foreword by Maisha T. Winn, Chancellor's Leadership Professor, and Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education (TJE) at the University of California- Davis, USA


This book provides critical scholars interested in paying attention to the larger social structural issues and oppression with tangible "how to’s" for critical qualitative data analysis and, in this way, encourage researchers to work toward social change. Too often data analysis processes are reductive and void of theory and, importantly, the authors fill a gap in the existing literature. This thoughtful book is useful for introductory qualitative researchers and senior scholars alike.
— Penny A. Pasque, Professor and Department Head, Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, North Carolina State University, USA