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Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

ISBN-10: 0761987061

ISBN-13: 9780761987062

Edition: 2001

Authors: Ronet Bachman, Russell K. Schutt

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This text provides a practical guide to qualitative and quantitative social research techniques integrated with issues from criminal justice.
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List price: $79.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

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.

Russell K. Schutt (PhD, MA, BA, University of Illinois at Chicago; postdoctoral fellow in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University) is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston and lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School. In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, now in its Eighth Edition , and its co-authored adaptations for the disciplines of social work, criminal justice, psychology, and education, his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness, Social Neuroscience: Brain, Mind, and Society (co-edited), and Organization in a Changing Environment . His scholarship focuses on the bidirectional relationship between individuals and their social environment, its consequences for organizational change, cognitive functioning, and individual behavior, and its predictors in individual orientations and community contexts. His related articles have been published in journals ranging from the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, Law and Society Review, and the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation to the Journal of Community Health, Journal of Community Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Women and Health, Evaluation & Program Planning, and the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare . His major research projects have been funded by the Veterans Health Administration, the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the National Institute of Mental Health, the John E. Fetzer Institute, and state and local sources. In addition to research methods and statistics, he teaches the sociology of complex organizations and the sociology of law.

Series Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Science, Society and Criminological Research
Reasoning about the Social World
The Social Science Approach
Strengths and Limitations of Social Research
Validity: The Goal of Social Research
Conclusion
The Process and Problems of Criminological Research
Criminological Research Questions
The Role of Criminological Theory
Social Reserach Strategies
Guidelines for Criminologists
Conclusion
Conceptualization and Measurement
Concepts
Measurement Operations
Evaluation of Measures
Levels of Measurement
Conclusion
Sampling
Sample Planning
Sampling Methods
Sampling Distributions
Conclusion
Causation and Research Design
Meanings of Caucation
Criteria for Causal Explanation
Research Designs to Determine Causality
Research Designs to Determine Time Order
Combined Research Designs
Units of Analysis and Errors in Causal Reasoning
Conclusion
Experiments
True Experiments
Quasi-Experiments
Evaluation Research
Validity in Experiments
Ethical Issues in Experimental Research
Conclusion
Survey Research
Survey Research in the Social Sciences
Questionnaire Development and Assessment
Question Construction
Organization of the Questionnaire
Survey Designs
Ethical Issues in Survey Research
Conclusion
Qualitative Methods
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods
Participant Observation
Intensive Interviewing
Focus Groups
Analysis of Qualitative Data
Ethical Issues in Qaulitative Research
Conclusion
Multiple Methods in Context: Integration and Review
Evaluation and Comparing Research Designs
Triangulating Research Designs
Conducting Factorial Surveys
Extending Social Science Investigations
Theoretical Perspectives on Research Designs
Conclusion
Lessons About Research Designs
Evaluation Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice
A Brief History of Evaluation Research
True Randomized Experimental Designs
Quasi-Experimental Designs in Evaluation Research
Nonexperimental Designs
Which Method is Best?
Conclusion
Data Analysis
Introducing 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
The Research Proposal
Research Report Goals
Research Report Types
A Bit More on Writing
Data Displays
Ethics and Reporting
Conclusion
Finding Information
Questions to Ask About a Research Article
How to Read a Research Artcile
An Introduction to Using SPSS for Windows
Table of Random Numbers
Using QSR NVivo for Qualitative Analysis: An Extended Exercise
Annotated List of Web Sites
References
Glossary/Index