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Intuitive, accessible, and filled with real-world testimonials from actual criminal justice scholars, Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology: A Mixed Methods Approach gives students the tools they need to understand the research they read and take the first steps toward producing compelling research projects themselves.
* Logical, step-by-step organization follows the stages of a research project
* Robust pedagogy includes chapter objectives, key terms, a running glossary, and chapter-ending discussion questions
Mark M. Lanier is Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.
Lisa T. Briggs is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Western Carolina University.
Table of Contents
Preface Chapter 1: Research Methods: What Is It, And Why Do We Do It? The History of Research Good, Yet Critical, Science Research Distinctions Conclusion Discussion Questions Chapter 2: The "Stages" of Research: An Overview Selecting a Topic Identifying Research Questions Finding Existing Research Literature Reviews Research Designs Data Collection Data Analysis Reporting Results Discussion Questions Chapter 3: Research Ethics Common Ethical Principles Ethically Questionable Studies Recent Requirements: The (Ever Increasing) Role of the IRB Discussion Questions Chapter 4: Validity, Reliability and Threats to Research Integrity Validity and Reliability Research Threats Chapter 5: Qualitative Research Strategies Historical Synopsis of Qualitative Research Requisite Qualitative Research Tools Field Research Conclusion Discussion Questions Chapter 6: Quantitative Research Designs Components of an Experiment Experimental, Quasi-Experimental and Pre-Experimental Designs Other Quantitative Research Strategies Discussion Questions Chapter 7: Survey Research and Mixed Methods Survey Research Mixed Methods Research Conclusion Discussion Questions Chapter 8: Sampling Strategies Probability or Non-probability? Discussion Questions Chapter 9: Elementary Data Handling Part One: Univariate and Descriptive Statistics Qualitative Mixed Methods Evaluation Discussion Questions Chapter 10: Elementary Data Handling Part Two: Bivariate Statistics Tests of Statistical Significance and Measures of Association Measures of Difference Discussion Questions Chapter 11: Beyond Research: An Aid to Writing Success Plagiarism APA Review Becoming a More Professional Writer Writing Tip Summation Discussion Questions Glossary Bibliography