Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology: Pearson New International Edition

Series
Pearson
Author
Frank E. Hagan  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
9
Language
English
Total pages
417
Pub.-date
November 2013
ISBN13
9781292041742
ISBN
1292041749
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For courses in Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

 

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.

Features

For courses in Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

 

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.

 

Hallmark Features

 

Introduces students to current research shaping the field. The text discusses quantitative and qualitative research and emphasized classic and contemporary examples.

  • Readers become familiar with important research as they learn about research methods.  

Leads students through the research process. The text is organized to carry readers through the sequence of the research process. Contents flows logically, which helps students build knowledge gradually and in proper context.

  • Since chapters are still self-contained, instructors may shuffle the order of the chapters to suit their syllabus or research style. 

Guides students in developing ethical standards. Hagan includes and early chapter on ethics (Chapter 2), which covers ethical issues in criminology and criminal justice research and presents cases as illustrative examples.

  • Students learn early on how important ethics are in research, and see clear examples of ethical issues they might encounter themselves. 

Familiarizes students with best-practices for quality research. Chapter 11 covers policy analysis and evaluation research.

  • Enables students to become familiar with the latest “what works” research.  

Helps students understand the basic statistics used in the field. Chapter 13, User’s Guide to Statistics, provides a useful recap of statistical theories and methods commonly used in criminological and criminal justice research.

  • Presents a helpful resource for those not familiar with or needing a review of statistics.

New to this Edition

The new Ninth Edition brings the text up to date with the most recent developments and research in the field.

 

New! Discusses the “Guatemalan Syphilis Study”in which the U.S. Public Health Service infected uninformed subjects with syphilis.

 

New! Covers “The Belfast Study” in which the U.S. federal government pressured Boston College to release confidential information on IRA interviewees who had been assured confidentiality.

 

New! Incorporates Crimesolutions.gov—which presents the latest attempt to catalog what works in criminal justice programs.

 

Updated! The “crime dip” is reexamined—in light of charges of data manipulation on the part of the NYPD.

 

Updated! All references, tables, and figures—have been thoroughly updated to incorporate the most recent information possible.

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