If Our Students Could Choose, Would They Go for Criminological/Criminal Justice Research Methods?

Nonso Okereafoezeke, Western Carolina University

ABSTRACT
It seems that many Criminal Justice ("CJ") students doubt the usefulness of scientific research methods courses in the study and practice of CJ. If this notion exists, it is very unfortunate. By means of written, self-administered questionnaires completed by 171 CJ majors and minors at Western Caroling University ("WCU") (a mid-sized comprehensive university), the extent of this notion is empirically examined. The questionnaire items are designed to, among other things, allow the CJ student-subjects to offer suggestions for making research methods course more relevant and significant to their present and future needs. Based on the findings, the author offers suggestsions for improved scientific research courses more relevant and significant to the students' present and future needs.

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