SREE is pleased to announce a webinar series on critical perspectives in quantitative methods that is open to the public. The co-sponsors for this webinar series include the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), the American Educational Research Association – Division L, and the Council on Public Policy in Higher Education (CPPHE), a Council of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE).

To date, five webinars have been held. Additional information on the remaining webinar in the series will be shared when it is available. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

This series is offered at no cost and registration is required for security reasons.

Upcoming Webinars:

Critical Perspectives in Quantitative Methods Series Webinar 6: A Conversation with Foundations about Critical Education Research
December 2, 2022 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET
Speakers: 
Krystal Villanosa, Spencer Foundation, Kevin Close, Spencer Foundation, and Stephen Glauser, Russell Sage Foundation

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For this discussion, we invite Program Officers from private foundations to offer their perspectives about what a shift toward utilizing critical quantitative methods means for both researcher- and foundation-initiated funding opportunities. They will also offer thoughts about how scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and graduate students can and should be more intentional about criticality in quantitative educational research.


Past Webinars 

Critical Perspectives in Quantitative Methods Series

Critical Perspectives in Quantitative Methods Series Webinar 5: Designing a Critical Race Mixed Methods Study
October 21, 2022
Speaker: 
Jessica T. DeCuir-Gunby, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology, USC Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

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DeCuir-Gunby will explain Critical Race Mixed Methodology (CRMM), the combining of Critical Race Theory and mixed methods research. She will focus on the relationship between a researcher’s inquiry worldview and methodological choices, centering on the role of positionality. The workshop will explain the role theory plays in guiding the mixed methods research process. A review of the basic mixed methods designs will be provided along with a discussion of the major components of a mixed methods study. Participants will have the opportunity to reimagine their own traditional mixed methods studies into CRMM studies. Implications will be provided for conducting critical race research in education.

 

Webinar 4: A Critical Perspective on Measurement: MIMIC Models to Identify and Remediate Racial (and Other) Forms of Bias
May 20, 2022
Speakers: Matt Diemer, University of Michigan & Aixa Marchand, Rhodes College

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Sociopolitical Participation Among Marginalized Youth: Do Political Identification and Ideology Matter
 

Sound measurement is foundational to quantitative methodology. Despite the problematic history of measurement, it can be repurposed for critical and equitable ends. MIMIC (Multiple Indicator and MultIple Causes) models simply and efficiently test whether a measure means the same thing and can be measured in the same way across (e.g., racial/ethnic and/or gender) groups. This talk considers the affordances and limitations of MIMICs for critical quantitative methods, by detecting and remediating racial, ethnic, gendered, and other forms of bias in items and in measures.

Matthew Diemer is a Professor in the Combined Program in Education & Psychology (CPEP) and Educational Studies programs at the University of Michigan. Diemer harnesses advanced quantitative methods to examine how young people develop critical consciousness - the capacity to reflect on, negotiate, and challenge racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and other constraints in school, college, work, and civic/political institutions. His research is currently funded by the Spencer Foundation, William T Grant Foundation, Institute for Education Sciences, the Mental Research Institute, National Institute of Health, and the National Science Foundation. Diemer teaches Psychometrics and Structural Equation Modeling courses and provides statistical consultation to the campus community at the University of Michigan. He has delivered invited lectures and workshops on these and other quantitative topics domestically and internationally. He also served as the Statistical Consultant for the Psychology of Women Quarterly. Diemer was nominated for the "Golden Apple" teaching award and in 2019, received the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize for Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion via Advanced Quantitative Methods, both at the University of Michigan.

Aixa Marchand is an assistant professor of psychology and educational studies at Rhodes College. Dr. Marchand graduated with a Ph.D. in education and psychology and a certificate in African American Studies from the University of Michigan in 2019. Her main research focuses on the attributions that Black parents make about educational inequities and how these attributions may relate to their school engagement. Other related research inquiries include illuminating how students and parents of color critically analyze school structures; elucidating how familial processes, such as familism and parent racial socialization, impact adolescents’ academic outcomes and socioemotional wellbeing; and the use and development of rigorous methodological tools to address societal inequities.

 

Critical Perspectives in Quantitative Methods Webinar 3: Racial and Ethnic Identities and Administrative Data
April 8, 2022
Speakers: 
Dominique J. Baker, Southern Methodist University & Samantha Viano, George Mason University

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How Administrative Data Collection and Analysis Can Better Reflect Racial and Ethnic Identities                                                                           

Constructing and using race and ethnicity measures for administrative or secondary data sets presents many logistical and theoretical challenges. This workshop provides guidance on some of these challenges and potential solutions based on the literature.

Dr. Dominique J. Baker is an assistant professor of education policy in the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and a faculty affiliate of the Data Science Institute at Southern Methodist University. Her research focuses on the way that education policy affects and shapes the access and success of minoritized students in higher education.

Dr. Samantha Viano is an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her research focuses on evaluating policies and assessing school contexts that predominantly affect minoritized student populations and their teachers, including policies on school safety and security, online credit recovery, teacher retention, and methods for studying racial equity. 

 

Critical Perspectives in Quantitative Methods Webinar 2: All Else Being Equal (When It’s Not Equal): Applying Theories on Race in Quantitative Models and Research
February 25, 2022
Speaker: Richard Blissett, University of Georgia

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The purpose of this discussion is to emphasize the role of critical consciousness in quantitative research design and communication, as well as to integrate critical perspectives on race and racism into practical decisions about the conduct of quantitative research that seeks to account for race (e.g., regression).

Richard Blissett is an Assistant Professor of educational policy in the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. Their research primarily focuses on attitudes and ideologies in the politics of educational equity and justice, as well as the spaces in which public ideologies translate into policy action. Work in this area has included research on democratic structures in education governance (particularly, school boards) as well as anti-racism activism and social movements in education. They are also the principal investigator of the Democracy and Equity in Education Politics research group, and the principal coordinator for the Just Education Policy institute.

 

Critical Perspectives in Quantitative Methods Webinar 1: Introduction, Historical Origins and Future Possibilities 
October 22, 2021
Speakers:
 Veronica Velez, Western Washington University, Nichole Garcia, Rutgers University, and Jay Garvey, University of Vermont

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This session will introduce attendees to the contours of critical quantitative research, particularly QuantCRIT (a methodological subfield of Critical Race Theory) by (a) examining the history, assumptions, and principles of QuantCrit and other critical perspectives in quantitative research and methods; and (b) illustrating these approaches in practice. Attendees will learn about the historical origins of critical quantitative methods, contemporary uses of critical quantitative methods, and possibilities for advancements in critical quantitative methods.