Qualitative and quantitative study of police investigative thinking styles

Dean, Geoff, Fahsing, Ivar A., & Gottschalk, Petter (2007) Qualitative and quantitative study of police investigative thinking styles. International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 3(1), pp. 76-87.


A qualitative study of detectives’ investigative thinking in Australia identified four thinking styles: method style, challenge style, skill style and risk style. Multiple item scales were developed for these four constructs in a survey instrument. A quantitative study based on the questionnaire was conducted among detectives in Norway. None of the multiple item scales achieved acceptable reliability. Factor analysis suggests a number of new thinking styles, including entrepreneur style and architect style.

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ID Code: 8490
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Author contact details: g.dean@qut.edu.au
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ISSN: 1741-1017
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Inderscience Publishers
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2011 00:01

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