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Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Third Edition

March 2014 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This text simplifies complex concepts with relatable examples to give a comprehensive, yet straight-forward introduction to research design in the criminology and criminal justice field, focusing on the major branches of the criminal justice system. Integrating policy and policy implications for research methods, it gives inclusive coverage of experimental and survey methods, qualitative techniques, mapping, historical evaluation, and secondary analysis approaches. Extensive use of thoughtful tables and figures in every chapter facilitate student’s understanding of concepts discussed. This is a briefer version of Bachman and Schutt’s successful The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice, written in a less formal style with more concise examples drawn from every day experience, and less coverage of more rigorous material. The new third edition includes increased coverage of mixed methods, crime mapping, evidence-based and web-based research, along with updated case studies. This is an excellent introductory methods text for undergraduate research courses, and is ideal for students who need to understand how criminal justice research is done and appreciate the results, but whose career path does not require them to do research themselves.

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Chapter 1. Science, Society, and Criminological Research
Chapter 2. The Process and Problems of Criminological Research
Chapter 3. Research Ethics and Philosophies
Chapter 4. Conceptualization and Measurement
Chapter 5. Sampling
Chapter 6. Causation and Research Design
Chapter 7. Survey Research
Chapter 8. Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis
Chapter 9. Analyzing Content
Chapter 10. Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Chapter 11. Mixing and Comparing Methods
Chapter 12. Reporting Research Results

Clear, concise layout and very effective instructor resources.

Miss Jamie Duncan
Criminology Crim Justice Dept, University Of South Carolina
June 18, 2015

I appreciate Sage keeping their materials open to the public.

Professor Gail Humiston
Criminal Just Legal Stds Dept, University Of Central Florida
March 31, 2015

This book covers all the key areas well, and I will be recommending it to my students. The only drawback is the price, which may put off certain students from purchasing it.

Miss Emily Loftus
Sport, Public Services, Travel and Tourism, South Essex College
March 26, 2015

I will be recommending this book to students studying criminology at undergraduate level, as it gives a good grounding in contemporary criminological subjects.

Miss Juliette Wilson
Faculty of Arts,Media & Social Science, Salford University
December 10, 2014

I have adopted this book as essential reading for students of law who do not have a firm background in research methodology. It provides a very good introduction to research fundamentals in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Unlike many other books, it does not seem be written from a specific paradigm perspective. It also explains about how research designs can be set up using both quantitative and qualitative research methods and how these complement each other. It is basic, but there is enough in there for students to understand research design choices.

Dr Masja Van Meeteren
Department of Criminology, Leiden University
August 6, 2014

Very useful for any student of criminology or sociology studying research methods. It's presentation makes this text accessible to everyone and is a easy to carry and easy to read text to really highlight the focuses that one needs in research in criminology and criminal justice.

Mr Lewis Simpson
Department of Health & Social Studies, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
April 3, 2014

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