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The Handbook of Critical Theoretical Research Methods in Education

Edited By

Cheryl E. Matias

ISBN 9780367174682
Published May 13, 2021 by Routledge
388 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.