CJ 430 Research in Criminal Justice
FA 2008 HO
Dr. Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A.
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Doctor of Public Administration (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1999)Master of Public Administration (Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1983)Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1976)
MA 416-F (Library)
Monday (10am-12n), Tuesday (2:30p-5:30p), Wednesday (10am-11am)
August 18 - December 12, 2008
Tuesday and Thursday
1pm - 2:15pm
Senior standing and permission of instructor
Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology, 2nd Edition
Michael G. Maxfield - Rutgers University, Newark
Earl R. Babbie - Chapman University
ISBN-10: 0495503851 ISBN-13: 9780495503859
380 Pages Paperbound
© 2009 Available in August 2008
A brief text based on Maxfield/Babbie's best-selling, RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, Fifth Edition, this "basics edition" combines accessibility and a conversational writing style with Michael G. Maxfield's expertise in criminology and criminal justice. In fewer than 400 pages, the text introduces students to the basics of criminal justice research utilizing real data and featuring coverage of such key issues as ethics, causation, validity, field research, and research design.
Table of Contents
1. Criminal Justice and Scientific Inquiry.
2. Ethics and Criminal Justice Research.
3. General Issues in Research Design.
4. Concepts, Operationalization, and Measurement.
5. Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs.
7. Survey Research and Other Ways of Asking Questions.
8. Field Research.
9. Agency Records, Content Analysis, and Secondary Data.
10. Evaluation Research and Problem Analysis.
11. Interpreting Data.
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