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Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Fifth Edition
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January 2020 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice introduces students to the multifaceted subject of research methods and shows them why research is important in the field. This brief version of Ronet D. Bachman and Russell K. Schutt’s best-selling The Practice of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice simplifies complex concepts with real-world research examples found in everyday experiences in the criminology and criminal justice professions. The thoroughly revised Fifth Edition retains its celebrated strengths while breaking new ground with coverage of recently popular research methods and contemporary research findings.
 
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1. Science, Society, and Research Related to Criminal Justice and Criminology
What Do We Have in Mind?

 
Reasoning About the Social World

 
Case Study: Why Do Kids Kill?

 
How the Scientific Approach Is Different

 
Alternative Research Orientations

 
Research in the News: Keeping Count of School Shootings

 
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

 
Highlighting a Few Specific Types of Research Methods

 
Strengths and Limitations of Social Research

 
Careers and Research

 
A Comment on Research in a Diverse Society

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
2. The Process and Problems of Research Related to Crime and Criminology
What Do We Have in Mind?

 
Identifying Criminological Research Questions

 
The Role of Theory

 
Social Research Strategies

 
Case Study: A History of Investigating the Effects of Arrest for Intimate Partner Violence and the Research Circle

 
Research in the News: Number of Reported Rapes Climb in New York City

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
3. Ethical Guidelines for Research
What Do We Have in Mind?

 
Historical Background

 
Ethical Principles

 
More on the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

 
Research Involving Special Populations: Children and Prisoners

 
Research in the News: Some Social Scientists Are Tired of Asking for Permission

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
4. Conceptualization and Measurement
What Do We Have in Mind?

 
Concepts

 
From Concepts to Variables: Measurement Operations

 
How Will We Know When We’ve Found It?

 
How Much Information Do We Really Have?

 
Research in the News: Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs with Smartphones?

 
Did We Measure What We Wanted to Measure?

 
Careers and Research

 
A Comment on Measurement in a Diverse Society

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
5. Sampling
What Do We Have in Mind?

 
Sample Planning

 
Sampling Methods

 
Research in the News: What are the Best Practices for Sampling Vulnerable Populations?

 
Units of Analysis and Errors in Causal Reasoning

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
6. Causation and Experimentation
What Do We Mean by Causation?

 
Causal Explanations

 
Criteria for Nomothetic Causal Explanations

 
Case Study: Media Violence and Violent Behavior

 
Why Experiment?

 
What If a True Experiment Isn’t Possible?

 
What Are the Threats to Internal Validity and Generalizability in Experiments?

 
The Element of Time in Research

 
Research in the News: Do Video Games Lead to Mass Shootings?

 
Causality in Nonexperimental Designs

 
How Do Experimenters Protect Their Subjects?

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
7. Survey Research
Survey Research in Action: Measuring Victimization

 
What Is a Survey?

 
Questionnaire Development and Assessment

 
Writing Survey Questions: More Difficult Than You Think!

 
Organization Matters

 
Research in the News: United Nations Report Highlights Violence Against Women in Families

 
Survey Designs

 
Ethical Issues in Survey Research

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
8. Qualitative Methods and Data Analysis
What Do We Mean by Qualitative Methods?

 
Fundamentals of Qualitative Methods

 
Case Study: Life in a Gang

 
Participant Observation

 
Systematic Observation

 
Intensive Interviewing

 
Focus Groups

 
Analyzing Qualitative Data

 
Techniques of Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Alternatives in Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis

 
Research in the News: Reporters Engage in Observation in Honduran Gang Territory Who Owns the Qualitative Data?

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
9. Analyzing Content and Police Data: Social Network Analysis, Crime Mapping, Big Data, and Content Analysis
What Do We Have in Mind?

 
Analyzing Secondary Data

 
Social Network Analysis

 
Crime Mapping

 
Big Data

 
Research in the News: Predictive Policing in Los Angeles, CA

 
Methodological Issues When Using Secondary Data

 
Ethical Issues When Analyzing Available Data and Content

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
10. Evaluation and Policy Analysis
What Do We Have In Mind?

 
A Brief History of Evaluation Research

 
Evaluation Basics

 
Questions for Evaluation Research

 
Design Decisions

 
Evaluation in Action

 
Strengths of Randomized Experimental Designs in Impact Evaluations

 
Research in the News: Is Many U.S. Jails Fail to Stop Inmate Suicides When Experiments Are Not Feasible

 
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

 
Ethics in Evaluation

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
11. Mixing and Comparing Methods
What We Have in Mind

 
What Are Mixed Methods?

 
Strengths and Limitations of Mixed Methods

 
Research in the News: Lacking Data on Gun Violence

 
Comparing Results Across Studies

 
Ethics and Mixed Methods

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 
 
12. Reporting Research Results
What Do We Have In Mind?

 
Research Report Goals

 
Types of Research Reports

 
Curbing the Frustrations of Writing

 
Displaying Data

 
Some Final Thoughts on Reporting Quantitative and Qualitative Research

 
Research in the News: Criminalizing Fraud Related to the OxyContin Crisis

 
Communicating With the Public

 
Plagiarism

 
Careers and Research

 
Conclusion

 
Key Terms

 
Highlights

 
Exercises

 

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Fundamentals of Research in Criminology and Criminal Justice is full of useful content written in a way students will find understandable and engaging. Students will benefit from the way concepts are explained, highlighted, and used in the examples provided. The text goes beyond just presenting content to engaging students in the learning process while they are reading.”

Ashley Blackburn
University of Houston–Downtown

This book allows for an interactive learning environment even if the classroom is virtual. The key terms allows for easier sorting of the chapters and the chapter summaries simplifies all the information just taken in.”

Shannyn Botsford
Bryant & Stratton College

“This text is an overview of research methods in the criminal justice fields, also pertaining to criminology. It provides a basic foundation of the topics in research methods but then also goes through an in-depth breakdown of each step a researcher would go through conducting their study.”

Dennis Amo
Bryant & Stratton College

I would tell my colleague that they would have to try this book for their research methods course.  Why?—because it is easy for students to read and it is easy to construct a semester-long course around.  Moreover, the clarity of the writing will reduce the amount of students who are confused.  And, the companion websites are excellent. The instructor site provides everything needed for a semester-long class and the student site will help reduce the number of students who come into office hours confused.”

Kevin Beaver
Florida State University

“…the text is the perfect balance of comprehensive and ease of understanding. Also, it relies upon realistic examples and offers many different resources to both professors and students.”

Dena Carson
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • A new chapter that incorporates intelligence-led policing methods includes a section on social network analysis (SNA), which provides case studies that highlight how it was used to examine the 9/11 terrorist network and how it could be used to investigate crimes.
  • New sections on research in a diverse society discuss the importance of making sure our samples, measurements, and methods are inclusive and sensitive to the diverse nature of our society.
  • A revised Chapter 1 provides a clear, succinct introduction retains the important discussion of how the scientific method helps to ensure research devoid of everyday errors in reasoning while also highlighting different types of research questions and provides a preview of some of the specific methods that are examined in the text.
  • New sections on recent developments in research methods reflect increased attention to the Internet as an avenue for research and include electronic surveys, a growing reliance on smartphones, the use of social media for social network analysis and other research, and the use of the Internet in qualitative techniques.
  • Updated examples of criminological research as they occur in real-world settings feature contemporary and interesting case studies on a variety of topics, including the effects of police wearing body cameras on both police and citizen injury, predicting burglaries, and more.
  • New chapter-opening quotes give readers insight on students who share the impact that their research methods course has had on them.

KEY FEATURES:

 

  • Increased focus on international research introduces students to the expanded use of research conducted in countries around the world, as well as global issues involving race, ethnicity, gender, and culture.
  • Careers in Research stories in every chapter highlight the career of a criminal justice professional that has used the methods discussed to show students how research impacts a variety of professions.
  • Research in the News sections engage students with recent headlines in the news to illustrate how research informs media stories and the impact research has on researchers and practitioners in criminal justice, as well as society as a whole.
  • Consistent ethics coverage throughout the text promotes research success and integrity.
  • Real-world criminal justice cases illustrate the methods described and help students better understand contemporary research and its application in the field. 
  • Exercises sets include SPSS exercises, Developing a Research Report activities, and Web Research activities.
  • Extensive use of graphics throughout adds simplicity and increases understandability of complex concepts.
  • Includes more coverage of qualitative research and mixed methods than other comparable introductory texts. 

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