Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology / Edition 9

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Teaches research fundamentals with a grounded, real-world approach.

Research Methods in Criminal Justice, 9/e teaches contemporary research methods using examples of real criminological and criminal justice studies to illustrate concepts and techniques. Hagan’s best-selling approach familiarizes students with examples of research in the field as they learn fundamental research skills. The text emphasizes sources and resources of classic and contemporary research in the field and helps students and professionals better understand the extensive diversity of research available and in progress in criminal justice. The logical organization carries students through the sequence of the research process, but is flexible enough to allow instructors to customize the text to suit their courses.

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Focusing on the theoretical, methodological, and ethical aspects of conducting research, this textbook discusses research design, data- gathering, surveys, participant observation and case studies, unobtrusive measures and secondary analysis, validity and reliability, scaling and index construction, data analysis and statistics, and policy analysis. Appendices offer guidance on writing reports and crafting proposals, along with presenting additional coverage of statistics, curve areas, and chi-square distribution. A glossary and random number chart are provided. Hagan teaches at Mercyhurst College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133008616
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 4/26/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 222,553
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods

Chapter 2 Ethics in Criminal Justice Research

Chapter 3 Research Design: The Experimental Model and Its Variations

Chapter 4 The Uniform Crime Reports and Sampling

Chapter 5 Survey Research: Questionnaires

Chapter 6 Survey Research: Interviews and Telephone Surveys

Chapter 7 Participant Observation and Case Studies

Chapter 8 Unobtrusive Measures, Secondary Analysis, and the Uses of Official Statistics

Chapter 9 Validity, Reliability, and Triangulated Strategies

Chapter 10 Scaling and Index Construction

Chapter 11 Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research

Chapter 12 Data Management: Coding, Tabulation and Simple Data Presentation

Chapter 13 Data Analysis: A User’s Guide to Statistics

Appendix A How to Write the Research Report

Appendix B Table of Random Numbers

Appendix C Answers to Pop Quizzes in Chapter 13

Appendix D Distribution of Chi-Square

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