Research and Criminal Justice

1245 Words Aug 12th, 2013 5 Pages
Research Process and Terminology Paper
Axia College Of University of Phoenix

In what ways could this new terminology and knowledge be applied to a career in criminal justice? It will help during research and also by knowing the correct terminology the work being performed will be assisted in any criminal justice career by aiding those performing the task giving them the ability to understand how the criminal justice system works and what research is and how research is done. This would give anyone a better ability to comprehend the research that is to take place and the proper ways this research will be performed. Above all, this knowledge will grant a person the ability to understand precisely what the research information actually
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Data collection methods are the third process. Data can be collected in many ways such as: observation, surveys, focus groups, and reanalysis of existing data, questionnaires, and interviews (Hagan, 2010, p. 19). Data collection is a vital portion of any kind of research. Inaccurate data collection will affect the results of a study and inevitably lead to invalid results.
Quantitative and qualitative methods are the forms of collecting evidence and information. In quantitative research, concepts are assigned numerical value, and concerned with measuring social, or criminal justice reality (Hagan, 2010, p. 14). In qualitative research, concepts are viewed as sensitizing ideas or terms to enhance understanding of reality under investigation (Hagan, 2010, p. 14). Qualitative research explains an idea, which attempts to show understanding or empathy. This is where the researchers surround themselves within the subject matter and begin to develop an empathetic understanding. The quantitative approach favors studying “phenomena that can be measured, observed, and examined empirically” (Hagan, 2010, p. 14). Another process of research is to analyze and show evidence or information that has been discovered. There are many ways in which a person could present the information discovered, for example it could be done via a written report, or a written analysis, or by giving examples of
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