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ERIC Number: ED438461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec-13
Pages: 110
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Murder They Wrote. A Cross-Curricular Cooperative Learning Experience.
Gaither, Linda
This document contains a cross-curricular cooperative learning experience that is designed to give high school students career and technical educational experiences in the areas of forensic sciences and criminalistics by doing the forensic work to "solve" a fictitious murder. The activities included in the cooperative learning experience are designed to enable students to accomplish the following objectives: (1) see the interrelationships between various academic disciplines; (2) learn to manipulate various laboratory equipment used in forensic settings; (3) see the connection between high school and the professional world; (4) see the importance of various communication skills (writing, reporting, interviewing) used in the professional world; and (5) learn to use critical thinking and problem solving in a cooperative learning setting. The document begins with objectives, an outline of the phases of a criminal investigation and brief overviews of the fields of forensic sciences and criminalistics. Presented next are student assignment sheets, including forms for the journal that students are required to keep throughout the learning experience, which consists of interviews with "suspects," deduction from "clues," and five lab sessions. A section of teacher resources contains assignment guidelines and detailed teacher notes and transparency masters for use in for guiding students through each laboratory experience. Concluding the document are a glossary and list of forensic organizations that have student members. (MN)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A