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Citizen social science in the classroom: criminology students' perceptions of prisoner records


Nagy, V and Piper, A and Cushing, N, Citizen social science in the classroom: criminology students' perceptions of prisoner records, Journal of Criminal Justice Education pp. 1-17. ISSN 1745-9117 (2023) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10511253.2023.2179089


Inspired by the longer established citizen science, citizen social science projects in the classroom can have positive effects on student engagement and learning outcomes. This article reports on the incorporation of a citizen social science assessment task requiring students to undertake the transcription of digitised historical prisoner records in Criminology and History courses at two Australian universities in 2020. Analysis of student responses (Criminology n = 42 and History n = 6) found that students were highly engaged by the exercise and gained new insights into change in criminal justice systems, the impact of social inequality on criminalisation and understandings of offender motivation. We conclude that the incorporation of citizen social science into the criminology classroom can lead to significant benefits in terms of student engagement, deep learning and enhancing the teaching-research nexus.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, Australia, prisoners, citizen social science
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Criminology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Higher education
UTAS Author:Nagy, V (Dr Vicky Nagy)
ID Code:155413
Year Published:2023
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2023-02-19
Last Modified:2023-02-21

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