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Controversies in Criminal Justice Research

Author: Richard A Tewksbury; Elizabeth Ehrhardt Mustaine
Publisher: Burlington : Elsevier Science, 2004.
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This book of original essays presents students with challenging looks at some of the most basic, and sometimes most difficult, decisions faced by criminal justice researchers. Each chapter presents an overview of a foundational question/issue in the conduct of research, and discussions of the options to resolve these controversies. Whether you plan to be a researcher or a consumer of research, you need to understand  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Tewksbury, Richard.
Controversies in Criminal Justice Research.
Burlington : Elsevier Science, ©2004
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard A Tewksbury; Elizabeth Ehrhardt Mustaine
ISBN: 9781437755152 1437755151
OCLC Number: 761646796
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Front Cover; Controversies in Criminal Justice Research; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Preface; Introduction; Introductory Chapters; Chapter 1 Should (Does) Criminal Justice Research Influence Social Policy?; Chapter 2 The Value of Purely Theoretical Research vs. More "Practical" Research; Chapter 3 How to Know if a Piece of Research Is Good/Valuable; Quantitative Methods; Chapter 4 Methodological Yin and Yang: Value of Qualitative and Quantitative Research in Social Science; Chapter 5 Original vs. Secondary Data Collection: The New Dilemma for Research. Chapter 6 Does Theory Really Guide Survey Research? Why Is Theory Important in Surveys?Chapter 7 Macro and Micro Research Aproaches: Which Makes More Sense?; Qualitative Methods; Chapter 8 Getting In and Getting On: Entrée Strategies and the Importance of Trust and Rapport in Qualitative Research; Chapter 9 Interviews as Data Collection Method: But, Which Type Should I Use?; Chapter 10 Validity of Participant Observational Data/Research; Chapter 11 Utility of Case Studies; Conclusion; References; Contributors' Biographical Information; Index.
Responsibility: Richard A. Tewksbury and Elizabeth Ehrhardt Mustaine.

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This book of original essays presents students with challenging looks at some of the most basic, and sometimes most difficult, decisions faced by criminal justice researchers. Each chapter presents an overview of a foundational question/issue in the conduct of research, and discussions of the options to resolve these controversies. Whether you plan to be a researcher or a consumer of research, you need to understand the decisions researchers must make and the underlying issues. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter help spark thought, review and debate.

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