Understanding Criminological Research
A Guide to Data Analysis
- John Martyn Chamberlain - Southampton University, UK
Criminological research lies at the heart of criminological theory, influences social policy development, as well as informs criminal justice practice. The ability to collect, analyze and present empirical data is a core skill every student of criminology must learn. Written as an engaging step-by-step guide and illustrated by detailed case studies, this book guides the reader in how to analyze criminological data.
Guidance on how to identify a research topic and question, design a research study, account for the role of the researcher within the research process, as well as write up and present research findings
- A thorough account of the development of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies within the emergence of criminology as an academic discipline; including experimental research design, survey research, qualitative approaches and mixed methods
- Detailed coverage of different forms of qualitative and quantitative data analysis used by criminologists and other social scientists; including grounded theory, narrative analysis, discourse analysis, as well as descriptive and inferential statistics
- Relevant and up-to-date case studies, drawn from internationally published criminological research sources, to illustrate how to conduct different types of data analysis
- Clear and accessible chapter content supported by helpful introductions, concise summaries, self-study questions and suggestions for further reading
It is a good book and I recommend it to final year students. Includes a detailed explanation of certain types and methods of data analysis which is useful for students opting for these kinds of analysis on their dissertation.
The most comprehensive account of the criminological research journey for both undergraduate and post graduate inquiry. Written through an autobiographical narrative, Chamberlain offers experience, contextualized insight and first-hand experience of both field work and desk work.
This book underpins student research in criminology and supports their studies using statistical data. Great for undergraduate dissertation students
Excellent for student projects. I will be recommending it as non-core for my second year research methods course and will be drawing on it for some of the more practical sessions. I have recommended it to my colleague as a core text for his third year research projects course.
Rather too advanced for this cohort of students. Written in an accessible style and covering stat's effectively the methodology covered was not suited to this course.
I may consider using it with my Masters group in 2014-15.
An excellent text that offers practical tips not only to students that are new to conducting primary research but also to their supervisors...
This book locates methods clearly within the field of Criminology, making apparent the links that students often struggle with.
A very useful guide to methods for Criminology students at all levels
I will be recommending this to our postgraduate researchers in the department