In her review of Researcher Race: Social Constructions in the Research Process by Lauren Mizock and Debra A. Harkins, Vetta Sanders Thompson notes,
Although [the book] is an easy-to-read, quick, and well-organized overview of racial issues in research, it is probably not for seasoned researchers who work in the areas of critical race theory, racial identity, or cultural competence. It is most appropriate for undergraduates or graduate students with minimal exposure to issues of culture and race in psychology or the social sciences.To what extent do psychology faculty include issues of cultural competence in their undergraduate and graduate research methods classes? Such issues are sometimes covered in classes related to clinical/counseling psychology and social psychology, but do most research methods classes and textbooks discuss issues related to researcher demographics (race, ethnicity, gender, etc.) and how to handle these effects in design and data analysis (e.g., examining researcher race as a covariate)? Or is this material relegated to classes (again, undergraduate or graduate) related to human diversity or cross-cultural psychology? Should we do more to educate our undergraduates, as well as graduate students, about these issues in methods classes?
By Vetta L. Sanders Thompson
PsycCRITIQUES, 2012 Vol 57(44)