Contextual Constructionism

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  • The assessment and evaluation of data that are put forth as “objective” but in fact, when examined in context, may present a biased or skewed picture of reality. For instance, in reporting the news, journalists may quote from sources a statistic that supports their story. While the statistic is genuine and received from a credible source, it may not offer an accurate portrayal of the truth. For example, a news story may claim that crime in New York City is down as the number of convictions has dropped by 10% from the previous year. Applying contextual constructionism to this factoid, the reader would have to know that the conviction rate is not an accurate portrayal of the number of criminal incidents. Victimization surveys are the ...

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