ERIC Number: EJ935881
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Children and Crime Scenes: Have Schools Fallen Victim to the CSI Effect?
Education in Science, n242 p18-19 Apr 2011
Whilst there continues to be debate regarding the influence of the "CSI effect" upon the criminal justice system, there appears to be a general consensus that the popularisation of work within the field, particularly through a number of "procedural cop shows", has fuelled an explosion in the number of young people choosing to pursue a career in forensic science. Naturally, this has resulted in a significant increase in the number of higher education providers offering undergraduate courses in this (and related) disciplines, which, in turn, has further boosted the number of students undertaking such courses, despite escalating competition for the limited number of opportunities available within the sector. Whilst the content of units such as "Fundamentals of Science" and "Genetics and Genetic Engineering" will be familiar to teachers of chemistry and biology respectively, delivery of the "forensic" aspects may prove to be more challenging. In order to successfully instruct students, teachers must first understand not only the subject matter, but also the logical and systematic approach, fastidious attention to detail, and communication skills required by those who work in the field, and the standards to which work must be presented.
Descriptors: Genetics, Juvenile Justice, Violence, Criminology, Science Course Improvement Projects, Educational Needs, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Mass Media Effects, Biochemistry
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Education Level: Higher Education
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