A Critical Evaluation of two Research Methods, Qualitative and Quantitative

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Qualitative Article:A Women 's Place is in the Home: Females and Residential BurglaryThis article uses a qualitative research method. Qualitative research involves analyzing and interpreting texts and interviews in order to discover meaningful patterns descriptive of a particular phenomenon (Adler & Clarke, 2008, p.13.). The method has been adopted to investigate the research question. The research question is; what involvement do women have in residential burglaries. This research question is analysed by comparing female characteristics with their male counterparts and, through primary investigation, into the roles female burglars play during offences. The article contains two literature reviews summarising previous studies relating to…show more content…
The data also demonstrated that a women 's involvement in residential burglary is diverse. For example, in the interviews, the subjects roles ranged from primary roles exclusively, some adopted secondary roles exclusively, and others moved from one type of role to another as they became more experienced. The study results suggested that further examinations need to be made, in future research, into the apparent differences between man and women 's involvement in residential burglary to confirm the results concluded from the data. The qualitative data presented was clear in attempting to understand and answer the research question, what are women 's involvements in residential burglaries, but did not answer the question conclusively. Although, the study has social policy implications as, there is limited research and theoretical explanations on female criminality. Quantitative Article:CO-OFFENDING AND THE CHOICE OF TARGET AREAS IN BURGLARYBy Wim BernascoThis article employs a quantitative research method using empirical studies, statistics and graphs (Adler & Clarke, 2008, p.15). The researcher used quantitative research techniques to yield precise and accurate information to answer the devised research question (Adler & Clarke, 2008, p14). There research questions is; what are the effects of co-offending based on the choice of target areas by burglars in
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