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Research as Social Justice
All research is a matter of social justice:
Research findings are the building blocks of policy and practice.
When the building blocks are made of faulty material, the foundation of policy and practice is at best weak and at worst on the precipice of collapse.
If we don’t adopt modern methods (which are decidedly advanced, sophisticated and complex), our results will be inaccurate.
By implication, the results will reflect a miscarriage of social justice.
Methods are not applied – they are justified
Justification implies making reasoned choices and principled adaptions.
Teach “how” to think about statistics/methods, not “what”to think.
Eschew routinize applications of methods.
Tailor the methods to the questions.
“Research questions can thereby become more sophisticated and more nuanced because the methodological machinery can be adapted, through principled and thoughtful justification, to provide minimally equivocal answers.”
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