It also restricts or prohibits the use of certain evidence in sexual offense cases. Conclusion It is important to know the terminology of research in criminal justice because you will have to read reports and if you do not understand what is being written you cannot effectively do your job. Effective research can assist with opening or closing of cases. Using incorrect terms or incorrect information in research can be harmful to the outcome of the question or situation at hand. The credibility of evidence relies often on the handlers, examiners, experts and presenters.
They can hardly rest until they have things settled and decided. But before they decide anything, they must do the research. Masterminds are highly theoretical, but they insist on looking at all available data before they embrace an idea, and they are suspicious of any statement that is based on shoddy research, or that is not checked against reality.” I can agree with the above. Whenever I need to make a decision about something whether it is on the job or in my personal life, I always do research and investigate. Things have to make sense in my own mind before I make a decision.
Lacking proper terminology while conducting criminal justice research can be very detrimental to a person’s work, advancement, and career. When an individual is evaluating and analyzing research studies, knowing the terminology associated, will make it easier to complete. Within the research process there are many steps to be completed to be successful. In a criminal justice career some general steps in research are problem formulation, research design, data collection methods, analysis, and presentation of findings, and conclusions, interpretations, and limitations (Hagan, p. 19). Some of the new terminologies obtained from studies in the criminal justice profession are terms such as “Research shock, researchese, concepts, operationalization, dependent and independent variables, theories, and hypothesis (Hagan, p. 15).
I kept having to return to my initial question to avoid missing the point. At times I felt that I was not getting anywhere. I now understand that this is all part of doing research and, over time, I discovered some interesting themes. Writing up the dissertation was also a challenge. I had to disregard a lot of information that was not entirely relevant to my research question.
ADEDOYIN ADEOLA (SMC 00113746) Data Collection is key to research study and the type of research methods to be used in collecting relevant data determines the success of any research. Prasad (1993: 1404) suggests that symbolic interaction “rests on the assumption that every organizational situation is likely to be filled with multiple and frequently conflicting interpretations and meanings”. This encourages the use of multiple research methods to capture complexity and contradictions in the data. Accuracy and integrity of research data collection methods is the precursor for error-free research irrespective of methods either quantitative or qualitative data. Quality and validity of data are also vital issue developed during data collection.
There are also specific photographs that need to be taken at the crime scene to ensure a couple different things. One that the crime scene can be reconstructed and two that the crimes can be linked back to a suspect. Once this has been done it is important to know if the computer is on a linked network or not and whether you should shut down the computer. There are also certain circumstances that make forensic evidence inadmissible in court and this is important to know so that procedure is followed to ensure all evidence will stick to a suspect. When it comes to a crime scene investigator there are certain things they can and can not do in regards to a body at the crime scene.
When looking at research that attempts to link crime to genetics, both legal and moral implications are created. With regards to treatment of participants, one of the major problems is maintaining the confidentiality of information that might be revealed as part of the research process, for example, sexual habits or drug use. In such situations the issue of confidentiality is paramount. If confidentiality were broken, then participants would be less willing to divulge this information in the future and further research in this area would have been compromised. On the other hand, carrying out socially sensitive research also carries significant implications for the researchers
In order to carry out this type of interrogation, there needs to be a specialized team of people, including doctors and psychologist, who are highly trained in acquiring the pertinent information with the least amount of damage. There should be many levels to specialized interrogation that would begin with the mind. Causing a person to believe that unimaginable things are going to happen to them if they do not reveal the information that is wanted or needed may enhance the chance of them talking. If this proves to be unsuccessful then move on to the more physical level. Actually causing pain to a person’s body can be an effective tool for gaining the information.
(Example case studies) Analysis of qualitative data is difficult and requires accurate description of participant responses, also data and great care must be taken when doing so, for example; looking for symptoms of mental illness. However the participants are able to provide data in their own words and in their own way also qualities research explores new area of research. It also builds new theories and examines complex questions that can be impossible with qualitative method. On the other hand qualitative researchers cannot carefully look at the detailed structures original difficult natural relations. Quantitative research gathers data in numerical form which can be put into categories, or in rank order, or measured in units of measurement.
I think it will be better for me so that I won’t get confused by switching to a different learning style. This will be a better feel for the differences between the other styles of learning. Sometimes when I have to learn with other styles it’s a huge challenge for me because I have to focus on it so much to where I always end up saying “screw this, I’m done” and put it aside until the last minute then I realize that the assignment is due the next day and I still end up putting it aside. One of my big weaknesses that I run into a lot tends to be the most used learning style with most colleges. That weakness of mine is reading.