What are criminal justice and criminological research? Why conduct this research? And, how is this research completed? Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice answers these questions by clearly explaining the basics of social science research using a simple and easy-to-understand approach. The essentials to a foundational understanding of criminal justice research methods are all there, including scientific theory, research language, and research design. The Fourth Edition features updated case studies and numerous revisions to topics such as sampling, research design, quantitative and qualitative research studies, data collection, and data analysis. Conducting research should not be a daunting chore. Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice makes the task of learning how to conduct research understandable, enjoyable, and applicable to the criminal justice topics students are most interested in.
Features & Benefits
- The chapters covering research design have been reorganized for a more reader-friendly format
- NEW Application Exercises within each chapter provide a real-world scenario and challenge students to apply the newly learned concepts and processes
- NEW Research Exercises guide students through developing their own research while incorporating the use of real-world resources, such as research articles or government reports
- Definitions within the text have been clarified and expanded
- The addition of a Glossary helps students comprehend key terms and prepare for quizzes and exams
This text is appropriate for upper-level undergraduate or graduate Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology courses.
Section I Functions
Chapter 1 Research: What, Why, and How
Chapter 2 Research and Ethics
Chapter 3 The Beginning Basics
Chapter 4 The Language of Research
Chapter 5 Sampling
Chapter 6 Introduction to Research Design
Section II Procedures
Chapter 7 Research Designs
Chapter 8 Qualitative and Quantitative Research
Chapter 9 Questionnaire Development
Chapter 10 Data Collection
Section III Final Steps
Chapter 11 Data Processing and Analysis
Chapter 12 Inferential Statistics
Chapter 13 Writing the Research
Chapter 14 Summing Up
Mark L. Dantzker, PhD-University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Mark L. Dantzker is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Dantzker is a widely published author in the criminal justice and criminology fields. Dr. Dantzker earned his Ph.D. in Administration from the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Texas-Arlington, and has close to twenty years of experience in criminal justice, policing, and criminology.
Additional Titles by this Author
- ISBN-13: 9780763777326
Ronald D. Hunter, PhD-Georgia Gwinnett College
Ronald D. Hunter, PhD, is Professor of Criminal Justice/Criminology at Georgia Gwinnett College, School of Liberal Arts. He received his PhD in Criminology from The Florida State University. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Hunter was a Sergeant with the Tallahassee (FL) Police Department. He has presented numerous papers at regional, national, and international criminology/criminal justice meetings. Police-Community Relations and the Administration of Justice; Crime and Criminality: Causes and Consequences; Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice: A Primer; Police Systems and Practices: An Introduction; and, The Effects of Environmental Factors Upon Convenience Store Robbery in Florida are among the criminal justice text books that Dr. Hunter has authored or co-authored. He has published many articles and book chapters dealing with crime prevention, policing, research methods, and criminological theory. Dr. Hunter has received awards and recognitions from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; the Southern Criminal Justice Association; Western Carolina University; Jacksonville State University, Florida State University; and, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He is a former President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association and of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Susan T. Quinn, PhD-Georgia Gwinnett College
Susan T. Quinn is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice/Criminology at Georgia Gwinnett College. Prior to becoming part of the GGC faculty, she was a senior data analyst with the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Dr. Quinn earned her PhD in Criminology from Florida State University in 2010.