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CJ 280-002 Notes on Theory and Research

by: Jennifer Gintovt

CJ 280-002 Notes on Theory and Research CJ 280

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Here are my notes from lecture with Dr. Dolliver on theory and research.
Research Methods
Matthew Dolliver
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CJ 280-002, Theory, research, Criminal Justice, CJ 280
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jennifer Gintovt on Friday February 5, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CJ 280 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by Matthew Dolliver in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 11 views. For similar materials see Research Methods in Criminal Justice at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.

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Date Created: 02/05/16
CJ 280­002 1/29/16 Theory and Research  Dynamic tension  Q­T­E  The job of a theory is to explain o Variables and attributes  EX. Eye color o Classification and clusters  EX. Democracy v. gender, sex, GID  Independent v. dependent o Independent variable, dependent variable Independent Variable Dependent Variable Stress Crime  Internal consistency  Support, modify, replace  Research grounds us in observation Questions (or claims)  Creative, dialogue  Theory  What counts as a problem? Critical factors  Has this ben done before?  Can we add to our understanding?  Is it doable?  What new questions do we have? Hypothesis  Take the risk, make an educated guess Measurement  Then go out and collect information Analysis  Testing the hypothesis  Probability and sample o Key to fallacies and exceptions Work with hypothesis  Make the call  Look at Reliability & Validity again CJ 280­002 1/29/16 Consider theory  Making sense of all the information  Failure to fit? o Is there consistency? Do we need to rework/ modify/ replace something?  Generate a “grounded theory”


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