Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and by Michael G. Maxfield

By Michael G. Maxfield

A concise paperback in response to Maxfield and Babbie's best-selling study equipment FOR legal JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, this "basics" model combines accessibility and a conversational writing kind with Michael G. Maxfield's services in criminology and legal justice. In fewer than four hundred pages, fundamentals of analysis equipment FOR legal JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, Fourth version, introduces scholars to the middle of felony justice learn. It makes use of the most up-tp-date, genuine information and lines insurance of such key issues as ethics, causation, validity, box study, and examine layout, between others. The Fourth variation comprises elevated insurance of qualitative examine and interviewing, concentration teams in criminological study, and snowball sampling, in addition to extra examples of scholar examine. Balancing insurance of either qualitative and quantitative tools, the textual content is choked with real-world examples, useful functions, and web examine routines.

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Although social scientists study motivations that affect individuals, aggregates are more often the subject of social scientific research. A focus on aggregate patterns rather than on individuals distinguishes the activities of criminal justice researchers from the daily routines of many criminal justice practitioners. Consider the task of processing and classifying individuals newly admitted to a correctional facility. Prison staff administer psychological tests and review the prior record of each new inmate to determine security risks, program needs, and job options.

So you add up the pros and the cons and conclude, logically, that you’d benefit from studying with others. This seems reasonable to you in theory. To see whether it is true in practice, you test your idea by studying alone for half your exams and studying with others for half. This second approach is known as the deductive mode of inquiry. Deductive reasoning (deduction) moves from the general to the specific. It moves from a pattern that might be logically or theoreti- Chapter 1 Criminal Justice and Scientific Inquiry cally expected to observations that test whether the expected pattern actually occurs in the real world.

2. Briefly discuss examples of descriptive research and explanatory research about changes in crime rates in some major city. 3. Often things we think are true and supported by considerable experience and evidence turn out not to be true, or at least not true with the certainty we expected. Criminal justice seems especially vulnerable to this phenomenon, perhaps because crime and criminal justice policy are so often the subjects of mass and popular media attention. If news stories, movies, and TV shows all point to growing gang- or drug- 25 related violence, it is easy to assume that these are real problems identified by systematic study.

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