- Subject index
This practical textbook is a valuable supplement for courses in Research Methods and/or Statistics in departments of criminal justice or criminology. The only book of its kind, this text guides students through the process of conducting criminological data analysis.
Part I: Preparing for Criminal Justice Research
- Chapter 1: Theory, Measurement, and Research Development
- Chapter 2: Criminal Justice Data Sets
- Chapter 3: Using SPSS
In the opening chapters of this book, we address its two main purposes: to introduce you to the logic of theory research, and practice in criminal justice and to give you some practical experience through the use of the SPSS for Windows computer program.
In Chapter 1 you will discover that criminal justice research (like other forms of scientific inquiry) is based on two pillars: logic and observation. You will see how theory (the logic component) informs our investigations, making sense of our observations, and sometimes offers predictions about what we'll find. A particularly important step is formulating a hypothesis that becomes the ...