Title Teaching Introduction to Criminology
Author Alison S. Burke, Editor: Catherine D. Marcum
ISBN 9781516526529
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 114
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cognella Academic Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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Teaching Introduction to Criminology provides instructors with the tools and knowledge to effectively build and teach foundational courses in criminology. Understanding that introductory criminology courses attract a wide variety of students and also provide fundamental knowledge for more advanced courses in the discipline, this text provides educators with a framework by which they can confidently teach the information that is most important and applicable to students.

Over the course of eight chapters, educators learn tips and tricks for designing an effective course syllabus, organizing a course schedule, and engaging students and enhancing learning for both small and large courses. Additional chapters offer alternative methods for delivering course content, including guest lectures, interactive tools, and community-based strategies. Selecting a textbook, integrating media, assessing student learning, classroom management, and ethical issues are also covered. The text closes with a chapter that explores teaching introductory criminology courses in different modalities, including in-person lectures, online classes, and flipped or hybrid classes, and measuring teaching effectiveness through student and colleague evaluations.

Featuring practical advice and innovative teaching approaches, Teaching Introduction to Criminology is an effective recourse for novice and tenured educators alike.


Preface: Cognella Series on Career Development in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Chapter 1. Preparing for Class: Developing a Syllabus and Course Plan • Preparing for Class • Before the First Day: Developing a Syllabus/Designing Your Course • The First Day of Class: Learn What Students in Your Class Already Know or Think They Know About the Course Subject • Conclusion • References • Exhibit 1: Example Syllabus and Tentative Weekly Schedule • Tentative Weekly Schedule

Chapter 2. Developing Effective Methods of Learning: Lecture, Discussion, and Activities • Engaging Students • Large Classes • Small Classes • Incorporating Guest Lectures • Technologies • Service and Community-Based Learning • Collaborative-Learning Exercises • Trying New Things: It’s Okay to Fail! • Conclusion • References • Appendix: Collaborative-Learning Exercise Examples

Chapter 3. Value and Use of Readings in the Classroom: Textbooks, Monographs, Articles, and Other Readings • Choosing a Textbook/Reader • Getting Students to Read • Incorporating Additional Readings • Conclusion • References

Chapter 4. Using Media in the Classroom • Music • Feature-Length Movies • The Value of YouTube • TED Talks and Podcasts • Conclusion • References • Appendix: Suggested Podcasts

Chapter 5. Creating Assessment Tools: Exams and Quizzes • Testing • Types of Exams • Quizzes • Conclusion • Reference • Appendix: Examples of Critical-Thinking Test Questions

Chapter 6. Managing the Classroom: Maintaining Control and Managing Ethical Issues • Managing Disruptive Behavior • Student Perceptions of Male and Female Faculty • Academic Integrity • Trauma-Informed Practices • Conclusion • References

Chapter 7. Executing a Class in Different Mediums: In-Class, Hybrid, and Online • In Class/Face to Face • Online Classes • Flipped and Hybrid • Conclusion • References • Appendix: Suggested Online Resources for Creating Dynamic Lectures

Chapter 8. Measuring Effective Teaching: Peer Evaluations, Administrative Evaluations, and
Re-evaluations of Self •
Pre and Posttests for Student Learning • Informal Midpoint Evaluations • Colleague Evaluations • Student Evaluations of Instructor’s Teaching Effectiveness • Conclusion • References

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About the Author:

Alison S. Burke is a professor of criminology and criminal justice at Southern Oregon University, where she’s taught courses in criminology, theories of criminal behavior, crime control theories and policies, juvenile delinquency, crime and the media, environmental crime, and women and crime. She earned her doctoral degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado at Denver.

About the Editor:

Catherine D. Marcum, Ph.D., graduated from Indiana University in Pennsylvania in 2008 with a Ph.D. in criminology. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journals articles and authored and/or edited over 10 books. Her areas of expertise include cybercrime offending and victimization, correctional issues, and sexual victimization. She is currently the assistant chair of her department, and the editor of Corrections: Policy, Practice, and Research.

Target Audience:

This book is intended for students and academicians of Law and Criminology.


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