Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo

Statistics, Overview

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_661


Quantitative research is the dominant paradigm in psychology and, thus, the primary way the discipline judges “truth” and creates new knowledge. Like any privileged standpoint, the use of aggregated numbers to understand individual psychological processes, attitudes, or behaviors is rarely questioned. Debates and critiques about statistics are often held at the level of what techniques are most appropriate to use technically and mathematically. Rarely are theoretical discussions had about why, when, or even if quantification can accurately model human experience. Thus, while psychology students get trained in statistics, often very sophisticated statistics, they are seldom offered an opportunity to approach the subject from a critical perspective; nevertheless, a critical quantitative tradition does exist in the social sciences.


Though “critical statistics” is an uncommon topic in psychology, the occasional article, chapter, or book has accumulated over the...
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Online Resources

  1. Online resources that specifically engage in and promote critical statistics are few. The three most prominent include:Google Scholar
  2. Radical Statistics Group. http://www.radstats.org.uk/
  3. Public Science Project. http://www.publicscienceproject.org/
  4. DataCrítica: International Journal of Critical Statistics. http://datacritica.info/
  5. In addition, the following are online resources that do not exclusively promote all the values of critical statistics but often include articles that are related:Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.John Jay College, The City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA