1st Edition

The Handbook of Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education

Edited By Cheryl E. Matias Copyright 2021
    388 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    388 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Handbook of Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education approaches theory as a method for doing research, rather than as a background framework.

    Educational research often reduces theory to a framework used only to analyze empirically collected data. In this view theories are not considered methods, and studies that apply them as such are not given credence. This misunderstanding is primarily due to an empiricist stance of educational research, one that lacks understanding of how theories operate methodologically and presumes positivism is the only valid form of research. This limited perspective has serious consequences on essential academic activities: publication, tenure and promotion, grants, and academic awards. Expanding what constitutes methods in critical theoretical educational research, this edited book details 21 educationally just theories and demonstrates how theories are applied as method to various subfields in education. From critical race hermeneutics to Bakhtin’s dialogism, each chapter explicates the ideological roots of said theory while teaching us how to apply the theory as method.

    This edited book is the first of its kind in educational research. To date, no other book details educationally just theories and clearly explicates how those theories can be applied as methods. With contributions from scholars in the fields of education and qualitative research worldwide, the book will appeal to researchers and graduate students.

    Preface: "Researching Under the Mortal Realities of Pandemic Life"

    Cheryl E. Matias


    Cheryl E. Matias

    1. Critical Race Hermeneutics: A Theoretical Method for Researching the Unconscious of White Supremacy in Education

    Ricky Lee Allen

    2. The Postdigital Challenge of Critical Educational Research

    Petar Jandrić

    3. Aspiring to a Sociogenic Phenomenology: A Theoretical Method in Emancipatory Research

    David F. LaViscount and Elizabeth K. Jeffers

    4. A Fused Theory of Biopower and Political Vulnerability as a Theoretical Method to Investigate ‘Difficult Knowledge’

    Michalinos Zembylas

    5. Uncovering Internalized Whiteness through Critical Race Counterstories: Navigating our Experiences in the State of Texas

    Socorro Morales, Sonya M. Alemán, and Enrique Alemán, Jr.

    6. Phenomenology of Racial Embodiment: Method and the Study of White Humanity in Education

    Gardner Seawright

    7. Visually Mapping Totality: Fredric Jameson’s Greimasian Square

    Tyson E. Lewis

    8. Cultivating Culturally Situated Theorizing in Educational Research: Challenging Imperialistic Curriculum and Training

    Kakali Bhattacharya

    9. Synthesizing Theoretical, Qualitative, and Quantitative Research: Metasynthesis as a Methodology for Education

    Kip Austin Hinton, Alcione N. Ostorga, and Christian E. Zúñiga

    10. Agential Realism: Applying Barad’s Ontology to Reconceptualize Teaching and Learning Mathematics for Social Justice

    Melvin Lee Peralta

    11. Toward a Transgressive Decolonial Hermeneutics in Activist Education Research

    Jairo I. Fúnez-Flores

    12. Thinking with Habitus in the Study of Learner Identities

    Garth Stahl and Sarah McDonald

    13. Theorizing with Assemblage: Context and Text in Youth Studies

    Thomas Albright and Korina M. Jocson

    14. Using Critical Race Spatial Method to Understand Disparities in Controlled Choice Plans

    Amos J. Lee and Alice Y. Lee

    15. Critical Chronotopic Analysis for Disrupting Whitewashedness in TESOL Teacher Education

    Yin Lam Lee-Johnson

    16. Postformal Method for Critical Education Research

    Tricia Kress and Robert Lake

    17. Black Lives Mattering In and Out of Schools: Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and a Hope for Black Imagination in Educational Research

    Courtney Mauldin and Lamar L. Johnson

    18. Beyond the Individual: Deploying the Sociological Imagination as a Research Method in the Neoliberal University

    Jacob Kelley, Andrea Arce-Trigatti, and Ada Haynes

    19. Unapologetic Black Inquiry: Centering Blackness in Education Research

    Jelisa S. Clark and Derrick R. Brooms

    20. Paying Emotional Tolls: Politics, Poststructural Narrative Theory, and Research on Race and Racism Subjects for Emotional Well-Being

    Tanetha Grosland and LaSonja Roberts

    21. Meditations on Experience: The Politics and Ethics of "Not-knowing" in Educational Research

    Belén Hernando-Lloréns


    Cheryl E. Matias is a full professor and Director of Secondary Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on race, whiteness, and education, and she was awarded the 2020 American Educational Research Association Division K Mid-Career award. She’s a motherscholar of three.