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    Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

    ISBN-10: 1412960525
    ISBN-13: 9781412960526
    Author(s): Russell K. Schutt, Ronet Bachman
    Description: Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a concise resource for understanding the multifaceted subject of research methods in the field of criminology and criminal justice. This book uniquely helps to teach research design and  More...
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    Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 432
    Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.540
    Language: English

    Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a concise resource for understanding the multifaceted subject of research methods in the field of criminology and criminal justice. This book uniquely helps to teach research design and techniques within the context of substantive criminology and criminal justice issues of interest to students and the field. This briefer version of Ronet and Russ??'s successful The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Third Edition is written in a less formal style, with more concise examples drawn from everyday experience, and less coverage of complex or more rigorous methods. It is ideal for students who need to understand how criminal justice research is done and appreciate the results, but may never do research themselves in their professional lives.??Key Features - Features a less formal writing style than the ???big??? version, with more concise examples drawn from everyday experience ?? Offers less coverage of complex or more rigorous methods than the ???big??? version ?? Integrated in-depth substantive examples into each chapter from real criminal justice-related research ?? Boasts an integrated treatment of qualitative and quantitative methods ?? Weaves ethical concerns and ethical decision making issues throughout each chapter ?? Provides extensive end-of-chapter exercises, which include: Discussing Research, Finding Research, Critiquing Research, Making Research Ethical, Writing a Research Proposal, and Performing Data Analysis Using SPSS ?? Integrates policy implications throughout ?? Provides appendices which provide step-by-step procedures for conducting literature reviews, finding information on theWorldwide Web, how to read a research article, and questions to ask about a research article Ancillaries ?? Includes a robust Student Study Site at www.sagepub.com/frccjstudy which includes GSS data sets from 2006, Appendixes on using quantitative and qualitative software, a demo for HyperResearch's popular qualitative analysis software, a sample research proposal, and interactive exercises tied to real research articles for student practice Intended Audience This is an excellent introductory methods text for undergraduate research courses in the fields of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

    Ronet Bachman, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is coauthor of Statistical Methods for Crime and Criminal Justice (3rd ed.), and coeditor of Explaining Crime and Criminology: Essays in Contemporary Criminal Theory. In addition, she is author of Death and Violence on the Reservation; coauthor of Stress, Culture, and Aggression in the United States; coauthor of Murder American Style; and coauthor of Violence: The Enduring Problem as well as numerous articles and papers that examine the epidemiology and etiology of violence, with a particular emphasis on women, the elderly, and minority populations. She is currently the Co-PI of a National Institute of Justice�funded study to examine the trajectories of drug-involved offenders 10 years after release from prison using a mixed-method design.

    About the Authors
    Preface and Acknowledgments
    Science, Society, and Criminological Research
    What Do We Have In Mind?
    Reasoning About the Social World
    How The Scientific Approach Is Different
    Strengths and Limitations of Social Research
    Types of Research Methods
    Social Research Philosophies
    Validity: The Goal of Social Research
    Conclusion
    The Process and Problems of Criminological Research
    What Do We Have In Mind?
    Criminological Research Questions
    The Role of Criminological Theory
    Social Research Strategies
    Guidelines for Criminologists
    Conclusion
    Conceptualization and Measurement
    What Do We Have In Mind?
    Concepts
    Concepts and Variables
    How Will We Know When We've Found It?
    How Much Information Do We Really Have?
    Did We Measure What We Wanted to Measure?
    Conclusion
    Sampling
    What Do We Have In Mind?
    Sample Planning
    Sampling Methods
    Sampling Distributions
    Units of Analysis and Errors in Causal Reasoning
    Conclusion
    Causation and Research Designs
    What Do We Mean By Causation?
    Causal Explanation
    What Causes What?
    Why Experiment?
    What If A True Experiment Isn't Possible?
    What Are the Threats to Internal Validity and Generalizability in Experiments?
    How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?
    Conclusion
    Survey Research
    What Is A Survey?
    Questionnaire Development and Assessment
    Writing Questions
    Organization Matters
    Survey Designs
    Ethical Issues in Survey Research
    Conclusion
    Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis
    What We Mean By Qualitative Methods
    Participant Observation
    Systematic Observation
    Intensive Interviewing
    Focus Groups
    Analyzing Qualitative Data
    Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis
    Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis
    Visual Sociology
    Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis
    Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research
    Conclusion
    Analyzing Content: Crime Mapping and Historical, Secondary, and Content Analysis
    What Is Secondary Data?
    Historical Events Research
    Comparative Methods
    Content Analysis
    Crime Mapping
    Methodological Issues When Using Secondary Data
    Combining Research Designs
    Ethical Issues When Analyzing Available Data and Content
    Conclusion
    Evaluation and Policy Analysis
    Why Do We Need Evaluation?
    A Brief History of Evaluation Research
    Design Decisions
    When Experiments Aren't Feasible
    Nonexperimental Designs
    Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
    Ethics in Evaluation
    Conclusion
    Quantitative Data Analysis
    Why We Need Statistics
    Preparing Data For Analysis
    Displaying Univariate Distributions
    Summarizing Univariate Distributions
    Crosstabulating Variables
    Analyzing Data Ethically: How Not To Lie About Relationships
    Conclusion
    Reporting Research Results
    Beginning With A Proposal
    Research Report Goals
    Types of Research Reports
    Curbing the Frustrations of Writing
    Ethics and Reporting
    Conclusion
    Conducting Literature Reviews and Finding Information
    Questions to Ask About a Research Article
    How to Read a Research Article
    Table of Random Numbers
    How to Use a Statistical Package (On Student Study Site)
    How to Use a Qualitative Analysis Package (On Student Study Site)

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