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The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Fourth Edition

March 2010 | 560 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, 4th Edition is a truly comprehensive, yet accessible, research methods text. It provides students with real-world criminal justice examples that will capture their attention and help them to better understand contemporary research and its applications in their field of interest. The text covers both qualitative and quantitative methods, and provides a number of SPSS, ethics, and Internet exercises.

New to the Fourth Edition:

"New chapter on ethics, with emphasis on the Zimbardo prison experiment.

"New coverage of research using video with video clips on study site.

"Additional coverage of crime analysis and crime mapping

"Ancillaries will include an Instructor Resources Site and a Student Study Site.

1. Science, Society, and Criminological Research
2. The Process and Problems of Criminological Research
3. Research Ethics and Philosophies
4. Conceptualization and Measurement
5. Sampling
6. Causation and Research Design
7. Experimental Designs
8. Survey Research
9. Qualitative Methods and Analysis: Observing, Participating and Listening
10. Analyzing Content: Historical, Secondary, and Content Analysis and Crime Mapping
11. Evaluation and Policy Analysis
12. Quantitative Data Analysis
13. Reporting Research Results
Appendix A: Finding Information
Appendix B: Questions to Ask About a Research Article
Appendix C: How to Read a Research Article

“[This text] covers what I want it to cover and is a lot more comprehensive than the other books. [Plus, the] ancillaries are fantastic!”

Robert J. Fornango
Arizona State University

Textbook is a favorite among staff and has now been adopted by additional professors. Requesting copies for the following:

Melissa Rorie, Instructor
Qingting Hu, Teaching Assistant
Carolyn Casey-Willis, Teaching Assistant
Mari Sakiyama, Part-time instructor
Milia Heen, Teaching Assistant
Lisa Dooley, Part time instructor

Ms Barbara Rathje
Criminal Justice Dept, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
September 30, 2013

We have a new module this year which is a research project in Criminology. This is an excellent read for the students and helps them to understand the very complex nature of research methodology.

Mr Peter Norton
Uniformed public services, Sheffield College
October 9, 2012

I liked this text for the undergrad class; the faculty member teaching more sections of research methods preferred another text.

Dr Mary Zager
Professional Studies Dept, Florida Gulf Coast University
September 8, 2012

Provides an excellent foundation for students in Research Methodology. The crime and criminal justice examples used are timely and helpful to readers.

Mr Scott Duncan
Socio Soc Wrk Crim Just Dept, Bloomsburg University
September 1, 2012

Each chapter ends with a presentation of ethical questions, which closely matches my teaching style.

Ms Kathleen Watson
Criminal Justice, Peirce College
March 27, 2012

An excellent resource for students undertaking criminological research. Recommended.

Mrs Carol Harris
Criminal Justice Kaplan Open Learning, University of Essex Online
January 1, 2012

This book is great for both undergraduate and graduate work.

Ms Vikki Carpenter
Criminal Justice, Wenatchee Valley College
November 27, 2011

Holistic and interactive approach to research methods.

Dr James McKean
Law Enforce Police Train Dept, Ohio University - Chillicothe
November 6, 2011

Easy to read

Mr Melchor De Guzman
Criminal Justice Dept, Suny Brockport
September 10, 2011

Ronet D. Bachman

Ronet Bachman, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. She is coauthor of Statistical Methods for Crime and Criminal Justice, coauthor of The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, co-editor 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; and coauthor of Murder American Style as well as numerous articles and papers that examine the epidemiology and etiology of violence, with a particular emphasis... More About Author

Russell K. Schutt

Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is a professor and the chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a lecturer on sociology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts Mental Health Center). He completed his BA, MA, and PhD (1977) at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a postdoctoral fellowship in the Sociology of Social Control Training Program at Yale University (1977–1979). His other books include Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research and Fundamentals of Social Work Research (with Ray Engel), Making Sense of the Social World (with Dan Chambliss), and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412978750