Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology (3rd Edition)

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Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology 3e is about how to do research and investigate various types of research questions that arise in criminology and criminal justice. A complete discussion of research ethics–including ethical issues relating to the Nuremberg Code, research sponsorship, rights of human subjects and deception — helps readers understand their ethical responsibilities as researchers. This book explores the entire criminal justices and criminology research process from beginning to end including: sampling procedures; data collection techniques; measurement, validity and reliability issues; the role of ethics in the research process; and writing and documenting research papers. Presents a practical guide for conducting research in criminal justice and criminology careers.

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Presented from a social science perspective, this unique text introduces techniques and procedures for conducting research investigations and analyzing data with respect to criminal justice and criminology. While much of the language has been simplified for the beginner, several topics are included that are usually addressed in more advanced discussions.

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This text details how to conduct research for criminal investigations and how to statistically analyze it. It employs extensive use of examples from actual research conducted in criminal justice and criminology, with real "hands-on" applications, and step-by-step instructions; easy-to-understand presentations amply illustrated with tables and graphs; a comprehensive glossary, questions and problems to solve at chapter ends; and suggested readings. For criminologists, public administrators, and all those interested in criminal justice.

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Book Description Prentice Hall, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: (NOTE: Most chapters begin with Chapter Outline, Chapter Objectives, and Introduction sections and conclude with a Summary and Questions for Review section.)1. The Research EnterpriseIn Criminal Justice and Criminology: Theory and Research.Overview of the Research Process and Statistical Analysis.The Research Enterprise.Steps to Conduct Research in Criminal Justice.Problem Formulation.Research Design.Data Collection Methods.Analysis Data.Presentation of Findings.Conclusions.Pure and Applied Research.Some Basic Assumptions About Criminal Justice and Criminology.Why Do Research?The Emergence of Science and Criminal Justice.The Probability Nature of Science.Objectivity in Scientific Research.Functions of Research.Exploratory Functions.Descriptive Functions.Experimental Functions.Evaluation Research.Theory Defined.Assumptions, Propositions, and Definitions.Explanation and Prediction.Types of Theory.Deductive Theory.Inductive Theory.Grounded Theory.Axiomatic Theory.Variables and Theory.Independent Variables.Dependent Variables.Discrete Variables.Continuous Variables.The Complementarity of Theory and Research.Hypotheses and Theory: A Preliminary View.The Value of Theory.Atheoretical Evaluations.The Value of Research.2. Frames of Reference and Problem Formulation.What Are Frames of Reference?Choosing a Frame of Reference.Values and Frames of Reference.Are Frames of Reference Used in All Social Research?Frames of Reference and Theory.Deciding What to Study: Topics of Investigation for Criminal Justice and Criminology.Reviewing the Literature.Sources for Literature Reviews."Hands-On" Research.Investigations from a Distance.The Uniform Crime Reports and the National Crime Victimization Survey.Issues in Formulating Research Problems.3. Research Designs.Qualitative and Quantitative Research.Qualitative Research.Quantitative Research.Research Objectives and Designs.Exploration and Exploratory Objectives.Description and Descriptive Objectives.Experimentation and Experimental Objectives.Some Conventional Research Designs.Surveys.Comparison of Surveys and Case Studies.Classical Experimental Design.Experimental and Control Groups.Equivalent Groups and Establishing Equivalence.Pretests and Posttests.Variations in the Classical Experimental Design.The After-Only Design.The Before-After Design.True Experiments and Quasi-Experiments.Time-Series and Multiple Time-Series Designs.Cost-Benefit Analyses.Internal and External Validity.Internal Validity and Threats.External Validity and Threats.4. Sampling Techniques, Purposes, And Problems.What is Sampling?Populations and Parameters.Samples and Statistics.Generalizability and Representativeness.The Decision to Sample.Size of the Target Population.Cost of Obtaining the Elements.Convenience and Accessibility of the Elements.Some Functions of Sampling.Economizing Resources.Manageability.Meeting Assumptions of Statistical Tests.Meeting the Requirements of Experiments.Probability Sampling Plans.Randomness.Simple Random Sampling and Random Numbers Tables.Stratified Random Sampling.Area, Cluster, or Multistage Sampling.Nonprobability Sampling Plans.Accidental Sampling.<. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_013118928X

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