ERIC Number: ED186064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Critiquing the Role of the Community College in Criminal Justice Education: Curriculum Trends and Analysis.
Meadows, Robert J.
Based upon a literature review and interviews with selected criminal justice educators, this critique of criminal justice or police education attempts to explore some of the criticisms being leveled against community college criminal justice education and certain issues and trends related to the field that are becoming evident. To place this discussion in context, some of the problems in criminal justice education and its history are summarized first. Then a review of the literature is presented, which considers the philosophy of curriculum development and points to five basic models of police education, i.e., the general education, the criminal justice education as a liberal art, the criminal justice education as professional education, the fusionist criminal justice education, and the police technology as technical or vocational training models. Next, selected trends in criminal justice education are identified, including: (1) the increasingly academic orientation of criminal justice instructors, who had been primarily retired police officers; (2) the slow withdrawal of vocational training from the college classroom; (3) the increasing emphasis on courses stressing written and oral communications; and (4) the advent of non-traditional approaches using field placement and site visitations. Finally, several successful criminal justice programs are identified, as revealed in interviews with selected criminal justice educators. (AYC)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Criminology, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Problems, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, General Education, Interviews, Law Enforcement, Literature Reviews, Police Education, Professional Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Selection, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Graduate seminar paper, Pepperdine University