Preventing Juvenile Recidivism
Hagan, F.E. (2010). Research methods in criminal justice and criminology (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice Hall.
Research Design Paper (40 % of final grade)
Each student will be responsible for a research design paper Importantly, this research paper IS NOT a literature review where you summarize key findings and
scholarship within the field, but this is an assignment where you critique current scholarly research and provide your own original RESEARCH ideas and methodology
design. You are preparing a research paper, not an essay, and not a summary of a book or articles. As the term implies, you are expected to do research. Your research
paper should address a practical policy issue facing the criminal justice system.
(II) Secondly, based on the critique you have written regarding the chosen topic and scholarly article, you will write your own original research design paper. You are
using your ideas from the critique to improve the research; thus, you will be formulating your own methods for analyzing this research. What would you do differently
to conduct this research and find answers (results) to the research question? How would you use different methods to test the research? You will write an eight-page
research design paper where you will discuss your original ideas
your proposed research methodology) for testing the selected hypotheses and theory. You will decide what is needed to improve this particular research and/or what new
hypotheses, theory and/or strategy (methods) for conducting the research will be.
Your paper should include the following (consider using these as headings):
(1) Identification of the Research Topic/Problem
(2) Review of the Current Literature on the topic
(3) Summary of the research critique
(4) Reasons for why you see a need to improve the research (5) Your proposed theory and hypotheses
(6) Your proposed strategy (the research methods) for analyzing the data and finding new or more conclusive results, (i.e. how you will conduct the research?)
(7) What your expectations are (what you expect to find when you evaluate the data with the new hypotheses, theory and methods?).
You are required to use three outside scholarly references along with your textbook to support your methodology and expectations. This paper is to be presented in the
The due date for this assignment is December 5, 2017. Upload your completed research design paper to the Unit #7 drop box in the V-Camp course room.
Your papers must meet the following requirements:
? Written in APA 6th Edition format.
? Part II must be a minimum 8 pages including cover page and reference page.
? Must have a title page in APA format.
? Must have a reference page in APA format.
? Must have a minimum of 3 acceptable references listed and cited in the body of the work. You are highly encouraged to exceed the minimum reference count.
? You may not use web pages as sources or references. You are allowed to use your course text as a source and scholarly sources found through GALILEO or the
University’s electronic library.
? Double spacing is required between sentences and paragraphs per APA guidelines.
? Use Times New Roman 12 font when preparing your paper.
Must demonstrate the ability to utilize short quotes, and summary/paraphrase in APA format.
? Plagiarism will not be tolerated…your paper must properly document all ideas and information not your own. Plagiarism or academic dishonesty may result in a
failing grade for this course. Other sanctions may be imposed based on University policy. See your syllabus and the University’s Academic Catalog for additional
? Do not attempt to copy and paste your research paper from research papers or essays available online. The instructor will diligently check all papers for plagiarism.
? Use of proper grammar, correct spelling, and writing principles are expected in all work. Full credit will not be granted for work that contains grammatical or
spelling errors. In the event a student does not feel competent in this area he/she should discuss the matter with their instructor or advisor.