This reader gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at groundbreaking research, showing you what the process was really like and how the outcomes often differed from the researchers' expectations. For the first time, you receive a first-hand perspective from the researchers themselves. The reader, organized by type of methodology, offers commentary about varying research approaches, research design, the process of measurement, and the concepts of reliability and validity.
Drawn from such journals as , , and the , these 18 research studies are provided to introduce undergraduate criminal justice students to the design, methodology, and analysis of different types of research. Chosen to portray a broad overview of research, the studies are divided into sections on experimental research, survey research, field research, analysis of existing records, secondary data analysis, and other methods. The articles also reflect a broad variety of issues facing the American practice of criminology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)