Integrating Forensic Science: Forensics can be the basis of a unique curriculum that fosters analytical thinking and problem solvingby: John Funkhouser and Barbara J. Deslich

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Forensic science is appealing because people want to be "detectives" in the general sense. This has resulted in an explosion of interest in the study of forensic science. This interest makes it an effective mechanism for teaching integrated science, and the nature of forensic science makes it ideal because students can practice science as inquiry. In this article, each unit is activity-driven and inquiry-based.

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  • on Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:19 PM

This article just doesn’t give you a case to solve but it explains how using a forensic unit in a high school class actually leads to higher order thinking skills such as problem solving and analytical thinking. Figure 2 in the article illustrates the far reach of forensic science in multiple disciplines and using multiple tools. This alone should prove the worth of engaging in a project such as this among a team of high school educators on the same grade level for their students.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:33 AM

The authors provide a description of how and why a forensic science course might be developed with assistance from local universities. I have a forensic unit I started my 8th graders out with (much simpler than what is presented here!) that was always well received and remembered so I can see why they felt this would be a popular course. They provide many interdisciplinary connections and descriptions of how to tie the course and labs into various fields of science. This article would be a wonderful resource for anyone who might consider a course like this at the high school or undergraduate level.

Tina Harris  (Bloomington, IN)
Tina Harris (Bloomington, IN)

  • on Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:08 AM

This is a brief article explaining how forensic science can be integrated with other science fields and all other subject areas. It shows an excellent diagram of this integration.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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