ERIC Number: EJ890338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: 17
Using Content Analysis Projects in the Introduction to Criminal Justice Classroom
Finley, Laura L.
Teaching Sociology, v32 n1 p129-137 Jan 2004
This article describes a content analysis project initiated in an Introduction to Criminal Justice course. Students were asked to analyze presentations of specific players in the criminal justice system, including criminals, victims, police, and lawyers. Students were then required to compare the media presentation with reality, as derived from the criminological literature. This article demonstrates that this type of project can address course objectives of introducing students to the criminal justice system. Further, the project is consistent with constructivist teaching practices. Included in the article is a description of the project, justification for the project, specific project details, examples of students' projects, students' assessment of the project, and what students learned. The final section presents a personal reflection about the project, including recommendations.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Course Objectives, Criminals, Juvenile Justice, Content Analysis, Lawyers, Teaching Methods, Police, Comparative Analysis, Student Projects, Student Attitudes, Program Descriptions
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