Research in Criminology

 

  1. What was the purpose of this study? (5 points)

 

  1. What are the research questions and/or research hypotheses? (5 points)

 

  1. Would you classify this research as exploratory, descriptive, explanatory, and/or applied?  Justify your response (5 points)

 

  1. What type of research design (quantitative or qualitative) was utilized?  Was this design appropriate, given the purpose of the research? Justify your response.  (5 points)

 

  1. What type of sampling technique was utilized? Can the researchers generalize from the sample to the population? Justify your response. (10 points)

 

  1. Describe how the data were obtained. (5 points)

 

  1. What does it mean to gain entrée? How did the author gain entrée in this study?  (5 points)

 

  1. What are field notes and why are they important? How did the author take field notes in this study?  (5 points)

 

  1. Would you classify the author’s role in the study as complete observer, participant and observer, or covert participant? Justify your response. (10 points)

 

  1. Describe how internal validity is the same/different in quantitative research versus qualitative research. What can be done to improve validity of a qualitative study? Was this done in the “New Biker” study?  Justify your response.    (15 points)

 

  1. Identify (at least 3) methodological weaknesses of this study. Justify your answer. (15 points)

 

  1. If you were the researcher, what would you do to improve the methodology of this study (in at least 3 ways)? Justify your answer. (15 points)

 

 

 

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