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Research should be enjoyable - whether it is a college student completing a project for a degree or a professor meeting requirements or expectations associated with his or her position. Learning the basics for conducting research is the first step. This text is a reader-friendly primer which has as its strength the facility to positively and gently ease the reader into the task of conducting research.
Each chapter begins with a vignette, describing a hypothetical situation in which students might find themselves. By chapter's end, students should be equipped with the knowledge on how to address the confusion or problem presented in the appropriate scenario. Another pedagogical tool is the Methodological Link which refers to excerpts from actual criminal justice and criminological research, the full text which is available in a companion text Readings for Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Each chapter also ends with Methodological Queries, questions and exercises requiring students to apply what has been learned.
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Research should be enjoyable - whether it is a college student completing a project for a degree or a professor meeting requirements or expectations associated with his or her position. Learning the basics for conducting research is the first step. This text is a reader-friendly primer that has as its strength the facility to positively and gently ease the reader into the task of conducting research.About the Author:
M.L. Dantzker is an Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program for the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas-Pan American. Dr. Dantzker is an accomplished writer having authored and edited many articles and texts using his expertise in a variety of criminal justice and criminological-related topics. The author earned his Ph.D. in Administration from the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Texas, Arlington and has had close to twenty years of experience in criminal justice, policing, and criminology. Ronald D. Hunter is an associate professor of criminology at the State University of West Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology, holds a M.A. in both Public Administration and Science, and a B.A. in Criminology. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Hunter was a sergeant with the Tallahassee, Florida, Police Department, where he held a variety of supervisory positions within patrol, administrative services, and criminal investigations. In addition to being the municipal judge for the city of Cave Spring, Georgia, he is currently an associate editor of the American Journal of Criminal Justice and of the Journal of Security Administration.
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