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Basics of Research Methods for Criminal Justice and Criminology 3rd Edition

Michael G. Maxfield, Earl R. Babbie

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2009, 2006
  • 368 Pages

Overview

A concise paperback based on Maxfield/Babbie’s best-selling, RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, this “basics” version combines accessibility and a conversational writing style with Michael G. Maxfield’s expertise in criminology and criminal justice. In fewer than 400 pages, BASICS OF RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY, 3e introduces students to the core of criminal justice research. It utilizes the most current, real data and features coverage of such key issues as ethics, causation, validity, field research, research design, and more. The Third Edition includes expanded coverage of web-based research and how to access and utilize new CJ data sets. Balancing coverage of both qualitative and quantitative methods, the text is packed with real-world examples, practical applications, and Internet research exercises.

Michael G. Maxfield, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Michael G. Maxfield is Professor of Criminal Justice at John Jay College, City University of New York. He is the author of numerous articles and books on a variety of topics, including victimization, policing, homicide, community corrections, and long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect. Working with students and colleagues at the John Jay College Research and Evaluation Center, Professor Maxfield developed the evidence generation approach to applied justice research. He served as editor of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency from 2008–2016.

Earl R. Babbie, Chapman University, Berkeley

Earl R. Babbie graduated from Harvard University before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and began teaching shortly thereafter. Credited with defining research methods for the social sciences, Dr. Babbie has written several texts, including the bestselling THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL RESEARCH and THE BASICS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH.
  • Reflecting the latest developments in the field, the exciting new Third Edition includes significantly expanded coverage of qualitative research.
  • New! New material on writing proposals and reading research articles helps students sharpen these important skills for real-life practice.
  • Completely current, the Third Edition is packed with real-world examples that have been extensively updated throughout.
  • New! Each chapter begins with 8-12 numbered learning objectives carefully matched to individual bullet points in the end-of-chapter summary for maximum learning reinforcement. Each item in the accompanying Test Bank and Companion Website quiz section is also linked to a specific learning objective.
  • Succinct yet thorough, BASICS OF RESEARCH METHODS FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY delivers excellent coverage of conceptualization and operationalization, sampling, crime data, ethical problems and criminal justice research, and other key topics.
  • Extremely relevant, the authors’ coverage of policy analysis reflects the trend toward a more analytic perspective in justice agencies, giving students valuable insight into the issues they will face in a career in the field of criminal justice.
  • Helping students completely master the material, the text includes extensive, top-caliber pedagogical aids, including real-world examples, outlines, figures, key term definitions, chapter summaries, and review questions and exercises.
  • Some end-of-chapter exercises require students to solve research problems using the Internet, giving them hands-on experience using online resources for timely, high-quality data.
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.
6. Sampling.
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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