We live in an age of unprecedented access to information. The last decade has seen an exponential growth in data and material available, often at the touch of a button. However, this has also made it harder to discern between fact and fiction. What is real and what is fake? What should we believe and what should we reject?

In an environment of information overload, a distrust of experts, the circulation of misinformation and false facts, and public debates based upon poor evidence, Thinking Critically About Research comes at a vital juncture. The book is designed to help readers develop a critical understanding of evidence and the ways in which evidence is presented, and to challenge the information they receive in both academic and non-academic sources. The author presents a step-by-step approach with a focus on knowing methods, culminating in a bespoke ‘critical tool kit’ which offers a practical checklist designed to be used when carrying out research.

Also containing learning features including tasks and worked examples, drawing on real research studies, this is an essential resource for students and researchers, and those putting research into practice, who want to have better critical thinking skills.

chapter 1|7 pages

Why do we Need to be Critical?

part Step 1|55 pages

Knowing Methods

chapter 2|12 pages

Knowing the Basics

chapter 3|20 pages

Knowing Design

chapter 4|12 pages

Knowing Measurement

chapter 5|9 pages

Knowing Data Analysis

part Step 2|45 pages

Thinking Critically about Method

chapter 6|6 pages

Thinking Critically about the Basics

chapter 7|10 pages

Thinking Critically about Design

chapter 8|8 pages

Thinking Critically about Measurement

chapter 9|6 pages

Thinking Critically about Data Analysis

chapter 10|13 pages

Thinking Critically about Theory

part Step 3|13 pages

Thinking Critically about Presentation

chapter 11|11 pages

How is Evidence Presented?

The Use of Persuasive Strategies

part Step 4|15 pages

Pulling this all together in the Critical Tool Kit

part Step 5|10 pages

Being Extra Critical

chapter 13|8 pages

Being Extra Critical

Truth, Disciplines, and Thinking Outside of the Box

chapter |1 pages

Concluding Remarks