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Research Methods in Crime and Justice


ISBN13: 9780415884433
Published: September 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £62.99



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This fresh and innovative blend of text and online materials uniquely addresses the fundamental question asked by many undergraduate students: why do criminal justice majors have to take research methods? The author Brian Withrow, a former Texas State Trooper, widely published academic researcher, and teacher of the undergraduate methods course, consistently demonstrates how research skills aren't just essential to university researchers, they are essential to student success as criminal justice practitioners, and to all who want to succeed in an information economy. More than 80 short, sharply focused examples throughout the text rely on actual research that is conducted by, on behalf of, or relevant to criminal justice practitioners. The book engages students' interests like no other. The online materials also offer a unique feature, The Researcher's Notebook, which provides students (and their instructors) a series of structured exercises leading to the development and completion of a research question, conducting a literature review, and designing a research method that provides the data necessary to answer the research question - all with a minimal amount of instructor supervision.

Subjects:
Criminology
Contents:
Preface
Acknowledgements
Prologue: What's the point of this course?

Part One - Getting Started
Chapter 1 - The Research Practice
Chapter 2 - The Research Process
Chapter 3 - The Ethical Principles that Guide Researchers

Part Two - Learning Research Design Basics
Chapter 4 - Classifying Research
Chapter 5 - Causality
Chapter 6 - Measurement
Chapter 7 - Variables and the Structure of Research
Chapter 8 - Sampling

Part Three - Acquiring and Analyzing Data
Chapter 9 - Experimental Design Research Methods
Chapter 10 - Survey/Interview Research Methods
Chapter 11 -Non-Reactive Research Methods
Chapter 12 - Qualitative Research Methods
Chapter 13 - Evaluation Research Methods
Chapter 14 - Data and Information Analysis

Epilogue - How do you know what you know?
References
Glossary / Index