The Dynamics of Criminological Research

Paperback | July 29, 2015

byJennifer L. Schulenberg

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Written specifically for Canadian students, this practical exploration of research methods in criminology offers balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, preparing students to design, interpret, and appraise empirical research.

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Written specifically for Canadian students, this practical exploration of research methods in criminology offers balanced coverage of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, preparing students to design, interpret, and appraise empirical research.

Jennifer Schulenberg is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in juvenile delinquency, sexuality and the law, the criminal justice system, socio-legal responses to crime, and research methods. She has written extensively in ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:July 29, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195439021

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Note: Every chapter includes:- Learning Objectives- Introduction- Summary of Important Points- Key Terms- Review Questions and Exercises- Online Exercises and Websites of Interest- Additional ResourcesPart One: An Introduction to Scientific Inquiry1. What Is Scientific Inquiry?Ability to Question InformationTypes of KnowledgeTheoretical FoundationsTypes of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice2. How Are Research Projects Structured?Scientific MethodCross-Sectional and Longitudinal Research DesignsPractical Considerations: The Initial Steps to Designing a Research ProjectEthical and Political ConsiderationsPart Two: Nuts and Bolts of Conducting Research3. Quantitative and Qualitative MeasurementThe Preliminary Steps of MeasurementQuality of MeasurementQuantitative ResearchConclusion4. How Do I Find My Research Subjects?Logistical ConsiderationsConclusion5. Experimental Research DesignsAppropriate Topics and Research QuestionsThe Logic Behind ExperimentsExperimental SettingsTrue (Classical) ExperimentsPre- and Quasi-Experimental DesignsThreats to Internal and External ValidityPractical Aspects of Conducting ExperimentsConclusionPart Three: Data Collection Techniques6. Surveys and InterviewsResearch ApplicationsSurveysInterviewsFocus GroupsConclusion7. Ethnographic Field ResearchSome HistoryWhat Is Field Research?Where Do I Start?Field RolesGaining and Maintaining AccessEntering the FieldField NotesI'm in the Field - Now What?Alternative ApproachesEthicsConclusion8. Unobtrusive Methods and Secondary DataHistorical ResearchContent AnalysisSecondary Data AnalysisAgency RecordsA Different SpinConclusionPart Four: Interpreting and Making Sense of the Data9. Interpreting Quantitative DataPreparing for Quantitative AnalysesUnivariate Analysis: What Does My Data Look Like?Bivariate Analysis: Are They Related?Multivariate Statistics: Analyzing the Complexity of LifeConclusion10. Interpreting Qualitative DataAnalyzing Numbers Versus WordsThe Process of Analyzing the DataThe Method to the MadnessNuts and Bolts: Where Do I Start?Putting the Pieces of the Puzzle TogetherGrounded TheoryLooking at the Analysis a Different Way: Some AlternativesComputer-Assisted Data AnalysisAuthenticity: Evaluating Qualitative ResearchConclusionPart Five: Taking Methods a Step Further11. Evaluation ResearchDefining Evaluation ResearchGoals and Purpose of Evaluation ResearchTheory and Practice in Evaluation ResearchEvaluation Research DesignTypes of Evaluation ResearchNegotiating the Politics and Ethics of Evaluation Research12. Mixed Methods: An Integrated ApproachDefining Mixed MethodsWhy Go to the Trouble?Methodological ControversiesWhat Are We Trying to Do With Mixed Methods?Common Characteristics in Mixed Methods DesignsTypes of Mixed Methods Research DesignsMethodological GymnasticsConclusionAppendix A: The Research Proposal and "Writing It Up"IntroductionResearch ProposalWritten ReportsWords to Maintain SanityWebsites of InterestAdditional ResourcesAppendix B: Reading and Interpreting Published ResearchIntroductionWhere Do I Start Reading?Questions by Article SelectionQuestions by MethodWebsites of InterestAdditional ResourcesAppendix C: Random Number TableAppendix D: Sources of Secondary Data in Social Science ResearchGeneral International Sources of DataSecondary Data DepositoriesHistorical Data SourcesCrime- and Justice-Specific DepositoriesIndividual Crime and Criminal Justice SurveysGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"This text presents a balanced approach to research methods-good discussions of all three methodological approaches: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods." --Miriam Levitt, University of Ottawa