Understanding and Evaluating Research: A Critical Guide shows students how to be critical consumers of research and to appreciate the power of methodology as it shapes the research question, the use of theory in the study, the methods used, and how the outcomes are reported. The book starts with what it means to be a critical and uncritical reader of research, followed by a detailed chapter on methodology, and then proceeds to a discussion of each component of a research article as it is informed by the methodology. The book encourages readers to select an article from their discipline, learning along the way how to assess each component of the article and come to a judgment of its rigor or quality as a scholarly report.

Critical Research Literacy

Critical Research Literacy

Learning Objectives

  • Clearly understand the unique focus of this book
  • Describe the basic elements of a research report
  • Define research literacy and describe the benefits of being research literate
  • Explain the basic process of critiquing a research report: read, critically analyze, and assess (judge)
  • Distinguish between research literacy in general and critical research literacy
  • Become familiar with five things to look for when critically reading research reports
  • Understand reasons why people may not critically read (judge) a research report
  • Explain the power of ideologies and paradigms in research, and explain what deep reading means
  • Compare and contrast critical and uncritical thinking and reading of research reports

Introduction to the Book

This is an introductory-level text in the sense that introduce stems from Latin ducere, “to lead” (Harper, 2016). This book ...

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