Using Critical Theory in Educational Research

  • Kamden K. StrunkEmail author
  • Jasmine S. Betties


Critical theory remains a central theoretical framework in research for equity and social justice. In this chapter, we introduce some of the major concepts in critical theory and the educational theory of critical pedagogy. We also attempt to differentiate critical theory from other perspectives like critical race theory, with which it is often conflated. We also suggest ways in which critical theory can be mobilized in educational research. While a short chapter such as this cannot capture the complexity and long history of critical theory and critical pedagogy approaches, we aim to provide a useful introduction and resources for those wishing to go further with this perspective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Educational Psychology and Research MethodologiesAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA
  2. 2.Auburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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