This assignment will respectably attempt to critique the research article ‘High-jinks’ and ‘minor mischief’: a study of undergraduate students as perpetrators of crime’ by Dr Neil Selwyn. In doing so I shall reflect on the findings and research derived from the article and the effectiveness of the strategies, design and methods used in conducting Selwyn’s inquisition. Likewise the assignment will underline flaws in regards to the published research. For instance the researcher admits that respondents from social sciences and humanities were overrepresented. Firstly research is defined as---------- The research generally indicated that we tend to ignore undergraduate student offending. This is due to the student life which could be viewed…show more content… Overall the arguments put forward throughout the article are to some degree accurate however there are some apparent concerns with strategies and methods use. For instance, the comparison made with the UK Government data spans across different time periods.
The two main research strategies in conducting research are Quantitative and Qualitative. “Data that are treated as quantitative are either numbers or attributes that can be ordered in terms of magnitude”.(Bachman and Schutt, n.d.).This was a focal point as the findings and statistics supported his theory of undergraduate students being perpetrators of crime through statistical figures and tables. Alongside this, open ended questionnaire and student interviews were carried out thus making the research article generally a mixed method study. Qulaitative( add defitnition) .Linked with the qualitative strategy is the positivist approach. This methodology though may involve the use of deliberate falsification and recall error may have been a reason for why Neil Selwyn may have restricted the use of qualitative methods. Indeed students may answer according to their biases and may struggle to recall 3 months during their previous term. Data was collected from 18 other universities including Cardiff University. Selwyn makes a sound comparison to the Higher Educational Statistic Agency (HESA) stating that the sample