Research Methods for Criminal Justice and the Social Sciences

Author: Connie Ireland
Publisher:
ISBN: 0135018773
Release Date: 2009-08
Genre: Law

Research Methods for Criminal Justice and the Social Sciences combines a traditional research book with exercises that allow students to experience research in a controlled environment. It is a companion methods/manual for use with most traditional social scientific research textbooks. This book offers readers basic information about methodological concerns (brief readings); and a variety of practices exercises relating to those readings. Some features of this book: Each chapter begins with a BRIEF discussion of the elements relevant to a basic understanding of research methods After each section of each chapter are several abstracted reprints containing basic intros of published articles Each reading is then followed with an Application Exercise which relates to the methodological procedure in the abstracted reprint...all exercises were designed to be completed by college students amd allows them to get their "hands dirty with the This is a perfect resource for individuals interested in the field of criminal justice, criminology, or sociology.

Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice

Author: M. L. Dantzker, Ph.D
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
ISBN: 0750699515
Release Date: 2000-02-17
Genre: Law

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. Uses practical examples from criminal justice scenarios to bring complex and involved issues to life Hypothetical scenarios at the beginning of each chapter Shows the relevance of research methodology to the practical problems of everyday criminal justice operations in a reader-friendly manner

Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods

Author: Wesley G. Jennings
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
ISBN: 9781454833062
Release Date: 2014-02-24
Genre: Law

This book was written for the many criminology and criminal justice students who are skeptical that research methods will be relevant to their future careers as police or parole officers or defense or prosecuting lawyers. Understanding research goals and methods is essential to successful and effective work in these fields, and this engaging, direct, and, at times, humorous text demonstrates that importance and helps prepare students for that effectiveness and success. Jennings and Reingle offer clear, practical introductions, with extensive, compelling examples, to the essential classical research methods, including ethics, measurement, surveys, secondary data analysis, and sampling, along with emerging new approaches, such as case-control and longitudinal designs and experiments in criminology and criminal justice settings. With its focus on research design, this text provides the information most useful to students as future research consumers, rather than specialized analysts, of research data. The authors' scenario-based treatments of real-world situations and applications facilitate understanding of the full range of criminological and criminal justice research methods and illustrate the usefulness of that understanding for implementing and employing evidence-based policies in whatever agencies or roles students work in or engage with in their future careers. Criminological and Criminal Justice Research Methods offers: A dynamic, authoritative author team professionally involved in theoretical, methodological, empirical, and practical evaluations and applications of criminology and criminal justice research methods A practical, real-world focus on the methodologies most useful in daily criminal justice practice Comprehensive coverage of classical and cutting-edge criminological and criminal justice research methods, including ethics in research, measurement, survey construction and use, secondary data analysis, sampling, and experimental, longitudinal, case-control, and qualitative study design A separate chapter on and frequent, integrated references throughout the text to maintaining an ethical approach to treatment of participants and use of data Interesting, accessible, direct writing, with each chapter building on real-world scenarios to elucidate the nature and applications of research methods Extensive pedagogy in each chapter, from a summary of important concepts, definitions of key terms, and review questions to resources for more in-depth study, including lists of useful websites and references A full range of comprehensive, flexible instructional and learning materials online at

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Author: Ronet Bachman
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781452258195
Release Date: 2013-02-14
Genre: Social Science

Like its predecessors, this Fifth Edition of The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice (by Ronet Bachman and Russell K. Schutt) provides complete coverage of the use and results of the contemporary methods employed in criminology and criminal justice research today. Specifically designed for undergraduate and beginning graduate criminal justice courses and programs, this text teaches research design and techniques within the context of substantive criminology and criminal justice issues of interest to students who will become professionals in the field. Students learn about the wide realm of research methods available to them, delve deeper into topics relevant to their field of study, and benefit from the wide variety of exercises included in the text and on the student study website that help them practice as they learn.

Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology

Author: Michael G. Maxfield
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781337091824
Release Date: 2017-02-21
Genre: Education

Featuring real-world examples throughout and comprehensive coverage of quantitative and qualitative methods, the market-leading RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY combines the scholarship, accuracy, and conversational tone of Earl Babbie's best-selling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH with Mike Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice. Providing the most comprehensive, authoritative introduction to criminal justice research available today -- and enhanced by new examples, research, applications, and built-in study tools -- the eighth edition continues its focus on getting students to DO research. Updates include the latest techniques and technologies for sampling and surveys as well as current methods in content analysis and secondary data analysis. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Understanding Statistics for the Social Sciences Criminal Justice and Criminology

Author: Jeffery T. Walker
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
ISBN: 9781449634032
Release Date: 2011-12-22
Genre: Law

Designed for introductory-level statistics courses, Understanding Statistics for the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Criminology presents the fundamentals of statistics in a clear and simplified format. This accessible text addresses all of the basics of statistical analysis while still providing the reader with the larger view of statistics. The authors focus on calculating the basic formulas yet preserve enough advanced material to prepare the student for further study. The book also provides information on deciding when to use particular statistical analyses, how to input and analyze data through programs such as Microsoft Excel and SPSS, the interpretation of statistical output, and making conclusions based on those results. The student-friendly and simplified presentation of Understanding Statistics makes it the ideal introductory statistics text and will provide readers with a strong foundation in statistics – conceptually and pragmatically. Understanding Statistics for the Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Criminology boasts a variety of in-text study aids, such as key terms, equation summaries, exercises, end-of-chapter references, and suggested readings, and an equation glossary; as well as a collection of online study tools housed on the dedicated student companion website. The student-friendly presentation of the material coupled with the rich variety of student and instructor resources make Understanding Statistics the ideal introductory statistics text for undergraduate students! Every new printed copy is packaged with full access to the student companion website featuring a a rich variety of study tools! (eBook version does not include access to the student companion website. Standalone access can be purchased here http://www.jblearning.com/catalog/9781449649234/) Student Resources: -Microsoft and Excel SPSS data sets -Companion website featuring: *interactive flashcards *interactive glossary *practice quiz (with answers) *student data sets, in Excel and SPSS, that correlate to the chapter material *weblinks

The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Research Methods

Author: David Gadd
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781446254462
Release Date: 2011-10-19
Genre: Social Science

Conducting research into crime and criminal justice carries unique challenges. This Handbook focuses on the application of 'methods' to address the core substantive questions that currently motivate contemporary criminological research. It maps a canon of methods that are more elaborated than in most other fields of social science, and the intellectual terrain of research problems with which criminologists are routinely confronted. Drawing on exemplary studies, chapters in each section illustrate the techniques (qualitative and quantitative) that are commonly applied in empirical studies, as well as the logic of criminological enquiry. Organized into five sections, each prefaced by an editorial introduction, the Handbook covers: • Crime and Criminals • Contextualizing Crimes in Space and Time: Networks, Communities and Culture • Perceptual Dimensions of Crime • Criminal Justice Systems: Organizations and Institutions • Preventing Crime and Improving Justice Edited by leaders in the field of criminological research, and with contributions from internationally renowned experts, The SAGE Handbook of Criminological Research Methods is set to become the definitive resource for postgraduates, researchers and academics in criminology, criminal justice, policing, law, and sociology. David Gadd is Professor of Criminology at Manchester University School of Law where he is also Director of the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice. Susanne Karstedt has a Chair in Criminology and Criminological Justice at the University of Leeds. Steven F. Messner is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology

Author: Michael G. Maxfield
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781133714798
Release Date: 2011-06-22
Genre: Social Science

A concise paperback based on Maxfield/Babbie's best-selling, RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, this 'basics' version combines accessibility and a conversational writing style with Michael G. Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice. In fewer than 400 pages, BASICS OF RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, 3e introduces students to the core of criminal justice research. It utilizes the most current, real data and features coverage of such key issues as ethics, causation, validity, field research, research design, and more. The Third Edition includes expanded coverage of web-based research and how to access and utilize new CJ data sets. Balancing coverage of both qualitative and quantitative methods, the text is packed with real-world examples, practical applications, and Internet research exercises. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Simple Statistics

Author: Terance D. Miethe
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195332547
Release Date: 2008-01-01
Genre: Social Science

Simple Statistics provides a concise, compelling, and reasonably priced introduction to basic statistics for students of criminology and criminal justice. Written in a conversational tone, this text does not "dumb down" the material. Rather, it demonstrates the value of statistical thinking and reasoning in context. For example, Chapter 2 illustrates the various ways that "garbage in, garbage out" affects the substantive conclusions drawn from statistical analyses. This book covers essential statistical techniques. It does not attempt to provide an encyclopedic sweep of all statistical procedures. Author Terance D. Miethe shows how verbal statements and other types of information are converted into statistical codes, measures, and variables. Many texts don't cover this process of operationalization and measurement - so most students don't have a clue as to how research methods and statistics are related or how to conduct statistical analysis from the bottom up. This textbook provides answers to both "how to do..." and "why we do..." statistical procedures. Most statistics texts emphasize the "how to do..." - to the neglect of the "why we do..." questions. The problems at the end of each chapter focus on applications to provide more context for "why we do..." these procedures. The term informed consumer is frequently used to convey the importance of understanding social statistics for becoming a better student, employee, and citizen. The book uses hand computation methods to demonstrate how to apply the various statistical procedures. Most chapters also contain an optional section on how to do these procedures in SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. But such applications are not necessary for understanding the statistical methods described in this book. Several examples are used to illustrate each statistical procedure to help students understand and apply them. However, rather than overwhelming students with too many examples, the book offers a balance between computation methods and examples of how to do them. Specific problems, detailed summaries, key terms, and major formulas are provided at the end of each chapter to further highlight major points. A comprehensive Instructor's Manual, written by Miethe, is available.

Researching Crime

Author: Chris Crowther-Dowey
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781137368140
Release Date: 2013-08-30
Genre: Social Science

'Rather than relating generic research strategies and tools to criminology, this text puts the researcher at the heart of the crime and like a detective solving a case, positions the tools of the trade around them and empowers the researcher to apply them in practice, whilst considering the pitfalls along the way. This is a hands on tool for students and professional researchers alike and a must read.' Paul Matthews, University MA26 Birmingham Using clear examples of research problems and possibilities, this book shows students how to design and do their own criminological research. Each chapter integrates research theory and practice as the text explains a variety of methods in undergraduate and professional contexts. It is the ideal resource for all students researching crime.

Research Strategies for Secondary Data

Author: Marc Riedel
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781452247236
Release Date: 1999-11-10
Genre: Social Science

This book describes and explains approaches to the evaluation and analysis of secondary data in criminological research. The book focuses on secondary data originating in surveys, information collected by organizations, and data sets available from archives. Although the techniques described are common to the social sciences, the examples and applications are specific to criminology and criminal justice.

Introducing Criminological Thinking

Author: Jon Heidt
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 9781483375434
Release Date: 2014-11-28
Genre: Social Science

Visual techniques for applying criminological theory to social science research Introducing Criminological Thinking: Maps, Theories, and Understanding is an accessible and user-friendly criminological theory text for students, instructors and researchers. In addition to the unique use of concept maps, mind maps, and other visual techniques to consider theory-based inquiry, this text combines an exploration of the core elements of theory with relevant examples drawn from biology, psychology, sociology, critical traditions, and integrative efforts. Unlike in other theory texts, the chapters are arranged by level of explanation to help students understand how theories from different disciplines interact with each other as a foundation for many contemporary criminological theories. Authors Jon Heidt and Johannes Wheeldon have developed a seven-step model to identify key aspects of different theories including their historical and social context, base assumptions, scope, problem foci, terms/concepts, related research, and practical ramifications. This text offers both a student-friendly theoretical discussion and accessible visual examples to explain criminological theory and its applicability to social science research.

The Juvenile Offender

Author: Robert D. Hoge
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781461515630
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Social Science

This book provides a discussion ofadvances in our understanding of the juvenile offender. These derive from psychological and criminological theoryand researchonthe phenomenonofyouth crime and from efforts on the part of social science researchers and practitioners to develop and evaluate new approaches to prevention and treatment. The theoretical and empirical advances relate, first, to analyses of the nature and extent ofyouth crime. This is reflected, for example, in various descriptive and classification systems developed for characterizingjuvenile offenders. Significant advances are also being made in understanding the risk factors associated with youthful criminal activity, as well as the processes linking the risk factors with antisocial behaviors. This understanding is based on theory and research relatingto the correlates andcauses ofdelinquency. The advances in our understanding of the nature, correlates, and causes of juvenile crime are accompanied by progress in analyzing the treatment ofyouth in juvenile justice systems and in developing and evaluating alternative approaches to treatment. These efforts include research on decision-making within juvenile justice systems and the development of screening and assessment tools. This also includes efforts to develop and evaluate effective prevention and treatment programs for use with youths involved in criminal activity and those at risk for this activity.

21st Century Criminology A Reference Handbook

Author: J. Mitchell Miller
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781412960199
Release Date: 2009-08-06
Genre: Social Science

21st Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook provides straightforward and definitive overviews of 100 key topics comprising traditional criminology and its modern outgrowths. The individual chapters have been designed to serve as a "first-look" reference source for most criminological inquires. Both connected to the sociological origins of criminology (i.e., theory and research methods) and the justice systems' response to crime and related social problems, as well as coverage of major crime types, this two-volume set offers a comprehensive overview of the current state of criminology. From student term papers and masters theses to researchers commencing literature reviews, 21st Century Criminology is a ready source from which to quickly access authoritative knowledge on a range of key issues and topics central to contemporary criminology.