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Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology
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Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Second Edition


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.
 
PART I: GETTING STARTED
 
Chapter 1: Why Study Research Methods?
 
PART II: SETTING THE STAGE FOR YOUR RESEARCH
 
Chapter 2: Identifying a Topic, a Purpose, and a Research Question
 
Chapter 3: Conducting a Literature Review
 
PART III: DESIGNING YOUR RESEARCH
 
Chapter 4: Concepts, Conceptualizations, Operationalizations, Measurements, Variables, and Data
 
Chapter 5: Sampling
 
PART IV: COLLECTING YOUR DATA
 
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
 
PART V: ANALYSIS, FINDINGS, AND WHERE TO GO FROM THERE
 
Chapter 12: Analysis and Findings
 
Chapter 13: Making Your Research Relevant
 
Chapter 14: Research Methods as a Career

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 a senior lecturer in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. Tim earned his PhD in criminology and criminal justice from the University of South Florida. 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