Research Process and Terminology

Research Process and Terminology
University of Phoenix
CJA 334
Author Note
                      “Sometimes commonsense is non-sense”

Commonsense is an issue that has been used to address most of the society problems. A number of works attempt to tackle the commonsense issue head-on, such as Sense andNonsense about Crime and Drugs (Walker, 2005), Myths That Cause Crime (Pepinsky andJesilow, 1992), The Great American Crime Myth (Wright, 1985), and The Mythology of Crimeand Justice (Kappeler and Potter, 2005). According to Brown and Curtis (1987, p. 3) they said that many practitioners within the criminal justice have met with repeated failure to over the years because they relied upon only their common sense. Thus, million on dollars have been spent on police patrol effort that do not reduce crime, judicial practices that are widely perceived as unfair, rehabilitation programs that do not rehabilitate offenders and countless other failures. Many of the terms used in everyday conversation originated in social science research; however, little credit is given for these theoretical accomplishments because the discoveries, once labeled, were quickly absorbed into conventional wisdom.

Process and Terminology
Rather than viewing certain elementary research concepts and procedures in scientific methodology as foreign elements, the criminal justice professional may, once he or she has mastered them, discover very valuable tools for assessing current and future directions in the field. In most cases, they simply lack conceptual frameworks, scientifically acceptable tags, or sufficient knowledge of the language of research methods to defend their views in an appropriate manner. Research methods provide the tools necessary to approach issues in criminal justice from a more rigorous standpoint and enable a venture beyond opinions based solely on nonscientific observations and experiences.
New terminology
To the uninitiated, the...