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Critical thinking in criminology: critical reflections on learning and teaching


Howes, LM, Critical thinking in criminology: critical reflections on learning and teaching, Teaching in Higher Education, 22, (8) pp. 891-907. ISSN 1356-2517 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13562517.2017.1319810


Fostering critical thinking abilities amongst students is one component of preparing them to navigate uncertain and complex social lives and employment circumstances. One conceptualisation of critical thinking, valuable in higher education, draws from critical theory to promote social justice and redress power inequities. This study explored how studentsí critical thinking developed in a discrete core unit of criminology. Second and third year students were invited to participate in the research. Participants wrote critical reflections on how their thinking about crime and criminal justice had developed throughout the unit. Analysis of responses indicated that certain topics were salient to students, offering a way to engage them in deeper thinking. Studentsí critical reflections showed evidence of personally relevant meaning-making, including the development of more nuanced thinking about crime and justice, and more compassionate rationales for aspiring to careers within the field. Implications for learning and teaching critical thinking in criminology are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:criminology, critical theory, critical thinking, critical reflection, social justice
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Howes, LM (Dr Loene Howes)
ID Code:116007
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2017-04-27
Last Modified:2018-04-16

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