skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 65048 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: SOME CAUTIONS FOR THE FUTURE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH
Journal: POLICE CHIEF  Volume:67  Issue:2  Dated:(FEBRUARY 1980)  Pages:57-61
Author(s): T M KELLEY; D B KENNEDY
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Chiefs of Police
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: SOCIAL SCIENTISTS FAIL TO ADEQUATELY PREDICT AND EVALUATE SOCIAL CHANGE BECAUSE OF TOO GREAT A RELIANCE ON STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, FADDISHNESS, AND CONFUSION OF PURE AND APPLIED SCIENCE.
Abstract: SOCIAL SCIENTISTS WEIGH STATISTICS MORE HEAVILY IN STUDYING HUMAN BEHAVIOR THAN SUPERFICIAL SIMILARITIES AMONG GROUPS AND THEORY WOULD SEEM TO PERMIT. OVERUSE OF COEFFICIENTS OF CORRELATION CONSISTENTLY FAIL TO REGISTER CAUSAL OR FUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIPS WHERE THEY EXIST, OR FALSELY INDICATE SUCH RELATIONSHIPS. FURTHER, THE SOCIAL DISTANCE BETWEEN PURE AND APPLIED RESEARCH CAN PREVENT FURTHER KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR. FOOTNOTING, ORGINALLY MEANT TO AUGMENT A PAPER OR STUDY, HAS BECOME SO VOLUMINOUS AND TANGENTIAL IN MANY PUBLICATIONS THAT IT IMPEDES COMMUNICATION. MOREOVER, RESEARCH TOPICS ARE OFTEN CHOSEN FOR FADDISH REASONS RATHER THAN FOR THEIR REAL IMPORTANCE. THIS CAN STUNT RESEARCH, AS IT ENCOURAGES RESEARCHERS TO CONSIDER THE STATUS-VALUE OF A RESEARCH AREA THAN THE AREA ITSELF. FINALLY, CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCHERS SHOULD CONSIDER USING UNOBTRUSTIVE RESEARCH METHODS AND NONEXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH DESIGNS, AS WELL AS 'TRUE' EXPERIMENTAL TECHNIQUES; DEVELOP SOUND APPLIED SCIENCE RESEARCH STRATEGIES AND PROGRAM EVALUATIONS; AND PUBLISH UNSUCCESSFUL AS WELL AS SUCCESSFUL RESEARCH PROJECTS. REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (PAP)
Index Term(s): Behavioral and Social Sciences; Behavioral science research; Criminology; Research and development; Research design; Research methods; Social psychology; Statistics
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=65048

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.