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Feb 15, 2008 Chapter 1 Science, society, and criminological research Process of doing research; conducting research Talk about why we do social science research? o Better understand experiences of others o Try to help live in a diverse society o Learn more about others perceptions of world o Evaluate effectiveness of laws and policies o Research is usually policy oriented Test whether or not they are doing a good job Eg. Charging children as adults Found that this puts us at greater risk, these kids are more likely to re-offend upon release o Document problems that need to be addressed o Gain better understanding of problems in society o Develop, test, and refine theories about how societies and individuals behave o Research helps us moved towards understanding Steps of research o Asking a question o Eg. Does prosecuting children as adults prevent crime o Researcher has to come up with a precise research question o Eg. Do policing strategies reduce crime?
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