Qualitative Research to Inform Criminal Justice Policy and Practice Part One

dc.contributor.authorHenry H. Brownstein, Ph.D.
dc.description.abstractThis is the first of a two-part webinar series featuring Dr. Henry H. Brownstein, which focuses on the use of qualitative research to inform criminal justice policy. Dr. Brownstein is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences at West Virginia University. Session 1: Qualitative Methods for Social Research Social research is intended to help us to conceptualize and analyze our experience of social life so that we can describe, understand, and explain it as it is presented to us in a form that we recognize as empirical reality. Whereas quantitative methods attend to social phenomena as objects that can be measured and emphasize experimentation to eliminate plausible explanations, qualitative studies attend to social phenomena as subjects and emphasize methods that seek meaning in symbolic representations including, for example, words and images. This session will include a presentation and discussion of qualitative methods as an appropriate approach to research considering the historical and theoretical foundation of qualitative research; when and why they are appropriate; specific methods for sampling, data collection, and analysis; and the challenge of validity.
dc.publisherJustice Research and Statistics Association
dc.titleQualitative Research to Inform Criminal Justice Policy and Practice Part One
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