Each of the theories presented in this course is based on the scientific method. The scientific method is a means of acquiring new knowledge by which phenomena are systematically observed, measured, and experimented on and on which hypotheses are offered, tested, and modified. The scientific method has long been used to study the natural, or hard, sciences. More recently, though, the scientific method has been applied to the social, or soft, sciences in order to explain human behavior.

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Submission Details:

By Saturday, June 21, 2014, in a minimum of 250 words, post to the Discussion Area your responses to the following:

  • Do you believe that approaches to preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency should be grounded in the scientific method? If so, why?
  • If not the scientific method, then what other philosophy or process would you recommend in guiding approaches to preventing and controlling juvenile delinquency? How effective do you think the other approaches might be?

By Wednesday, June 25, 2014, read and respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by commenting on their examples and explanations and on how well they have described the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific method.

Discussion Grading Criteria and Rubric

All discussion assignments in this course will be graded using a rubric. This assignment is worth 40 points. Download the discussion rubric and carefully read it to understand the expectations.

 

 

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Assignment 2: Comparison of Juvenile Delinquency Theory

 

The Centervale town council has recently become enamored with the idea of incorporating a more theory-driven approach in the development and execution of juvenile justice policies. While the council has a general understanding of what delinquency theories encompass, it has a limited understanding of how these theories are classified and how best they might be implemented.

 

Tasks:

 

As the local expert on juvenile justice theory, you have been asked by the town council to prepare a brief 7–9-slide Microsoft PowerPoint presentation describing the most relevant theories that pertain to juvenile delinquency at both the individual and the social levels. To save time, the council has asked you to limit your overview to three individual-level theories and three social-level theoris.

 

In your presentation:

 

  • Identify whether each theory explains delinquency at the individual or the social level.
  • Examine the basic premise of each theory and summarize the research that has been used to develop or evaluate the theory.
  • Describe how the theory may be used to support or explain various types of policies or practices aimed at controlling or preventing juvenile delinquency.

 

Your presentation should have 7–9 slides, including references used in the research. Provide details in the Notes section of the presentation.

 

Include an APA-formatted reference page that links back to your in-text citations and supports your recommendations. Remember, you cannot have only in-text citations or only references; you must have both because in-text citations and references link to each other.

 

Submission Details:

 

  • Save the final presentation as M2_A2_Lastname_Firstname.ppt.

    In order for this assignment to be compatible with TurnItIn, you will need to save your PowerPoint presentation as an Adobe PDF file. To do this, open your presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint. Choose “Save As” from the File menu, then choose “Adobe PDF”. Before saving your file, click on the Options button and check the box next to “Convert Speaker Notes.” Now choose to save your file. Your speaker notes will be included in your PDF file that you will submit for this assignment.

    Note: If your version of Microsoft PowerPoint does not have the option to include speaker notes, you will need to submit a Microsoft Word document that contains all information from your presentation, including the speaker notes.

  • By Wednesday, June 25, 2014, submit your f

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