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ERIC Number: EJ1058793
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Community-Based Research: Learning about Attitudes towards the Criminal Justice System
Marche, Tammy A.; Briere, Jennifer L.
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v5 p161-166 2012
Research points to the pedagogical value of an engaged and community service-learning approach to developing understanding of course content (Astin, Vogelgesang, Ikeda, & Yee, 2000). To help students achieve a better understanding of how the discipline of psychology contributes to the discipline of law, some students in a second year psychology class participated in a community-based research project, partnering with the Elizabeth Fry Society and the John Howard Society. The objective of the study was to determine whether there are differences in attitudes towards the criminal justice system between individuals who have, and have not, been in conflict with the law. The student-researchers interviewed men and women from the John Howard and Elizabeth Fry Societies, who had been in conflict with the law, regarding their attitudes toward the criminal justice system, and compared their responses to those given by undergraduate psychology students who did not participate as student-researchers in the project. Responses revealed some commonalities (e.g., recommendations to change sentencing practices) as well as differences (e.g., satisfaction with the justice system). The students wrote a research report describing the findings of the study as well as their reflections on their experience. In addition to the positive feedback received from the community organizations, the students participating in the project reported that they found it to be a positive, enriching, and rewarding experience.
Descriptors: Law Enforcement, Interviews, Student Research, Teaching Methods, Service Learning, Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Laws, Justice, Comparative Analysis, Community Organizations, Student Attitudes, Learning Experience, Positive Attitudes, Rating Scales, Attitude Measures, Courts, Ethics, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada