Theory and the real world | CRJ 520 Research Methods in Criminal Justice | Ashford University

   Theory and the Real World

Research serves as a guide by which to study, describe, and quantify an array of social and physical phenomenon. Theory, which is best described as a set of propositions or hypotheses that specify the relationship among a subset of variables, serves as a way of offering an intellectualized general commentary on that which is observed. Using material found in Chapter 3 of this week’s required reading, describe how theory is applicable to a research study. Answer the questions: 

  • How does theory inform a research study? 
  • How can a generalized theory remain timely enough to be applicable to new or innovative studies? 

Your initial post should be at least 400 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

 

Text

Creswell, J. W. (2014). Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches (4th ed.). Retrieved from https://content.uagc.edu

  • Chapter 2: Review of the Literature
  • Chapter 3: The Use of Theory
  • Chapter 4: Writing Strategies and Ethical Considerations

Article

Lowman, J., & Palys, T. (2001). Ethics and law of confidentiality in criminal justice research: A comparison of Canada and the United States, The [article]. International Criminal Justice Review, 11(1), 1-33. doi: 10.1177/105756770101100101

  • The full-text version of this article can be accessed through the SAGE Journals Online database in the University of Arizona Global Campus Library. This article will provide students with additional background information that will assist them in the development of their discussion forum posts for this week.

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