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Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Second Edition

February 2022 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology connects key concepts to real field research and practices using contemporary examples and recurring case studies throughout the book that demonstrate how concepts relate to students’ lives. Authors Callie M. Rennison and Timothy C. Hart introduce practical research strategies used in criminal justice to show students how a research question can become a policy that changes or influences criminal justice practices. The book’s student-driven approach addresses both the "why" and the "how" as it covers the research process and focuses on the practical application of data collection and analysis. By demonstrating the variety of ways research can be used, and reinforcing the need to discern quality research, the book prepares students to become critical consumers and ethical producers of research. The Second Edition includes two new case studies woven throughout, and new expert profiles to highlight contemporary topics. Editable PowerPoint slides and a test bank are available to instructors at:
Chapter 1: Why Study Research Methods?
Chapter 2: Identifying a Topic, a Purpose, and a Research Question
Chapter 3: Conducting a Literature Review
Chapter 4: Concepts, Conceptualizations, Operationalizations, Measurements, Variables, and Data
Chapter 5: Sampling
Chapter 6: Research Using Qualitative Data
Chapter 7: Survey Research
Chapter 8: Experimental Research
Chapter 9: Research Using Secondary Data
Chapter 10: GIS and Crime Mapping
Chapter 11: Evaluation Research
Chapter 12: Analysis and Findings
Chapter 13: Making Your Research Relevant
Chapter 14: Research Methods as a Career


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Was already adopted by the prior prof. It is a good book and I kept it adopted. Very good at the grad level for students who have a lapse in methods from undergrad. Would not use in advanced classes.

Dr Ryan Mychal Getty
Social Sciences Dept, University Of Texas At Tyler
August 2, 2023

Great coverage of a variety of research methods topics used in criminal justice and criminology. The book is written in a way that is easy to follow and the examples demonstrate how to apply topics to research in the real world.

Professor Kristina Block
Criminal Justice & Criminology, Sam Houston State University
March 24, 2022

Callie Marie Rennison

Callie Marie Rennison is the Director of Equity, and Title IX Coordinator at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. In addition, she is a full professor, and former Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs in the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. She earned a PhD in 1997 in political science from the University of Houston, University Park. Her areas of research interest include investigating the nature, extent, and consequences of violent victimization, with an emphasis on research methodology, quantitative analysis, and measurement. Much of this research focuses on violence against women, violence... More About Author

Timothy C. Hart

Timothy C. Hart is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Tampa. Tim earned his PhD in criminology and criminal justice from the University of South Florida; and in 1997, he was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship with the Bureau of Justice Statistics at the US Department of Justice. He has also served as a program analyst for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and as a research analyst for the Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office. Tim is also the former Statistical Analysis Centre (SAC) director for the state of Nevada. His areas of interest include survey research,... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781071815359