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Written for the Canadian forensic science student and the professional practitioner, this timely and practical handbook provides an experience-based learning tool. This text offers an understanding of scientific method and evidence-based analysis and how they relate to forensic science and its casework—from the crime scene to the courtroom—within the Canadian context. The authors explore the paradigm shift in forensic science, highlight basic skills like scientific reasoning and literature review, as well as untangle the complexities of ethics and bias, research design, critical thought, and best practices for communication in various settings. Case examples and court testimonies are reviewed to underscore the importance of these concepts.
By blending such real-life examples with scientific concepts like validation, peer review, accountability, and transparency, The Scientific Method in Forensic Science is a fundamental read for students in introductory forensics, criminology, police studies, and anthropology.
- includes questions for critical thought, suggestions for further reading, a glossary, and additional instructional popouts
- provides an experience-based learning opportunity for understanding the scientific method
- utilizes case studies and court transcripts to illustrate practical applications in a Canadian context
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction: The Paradigm Shift in Forensic Science
Chapter 2: Concepts of Science and the Scientific Method
Chapter 3: Critical Thought in Forensic Science
Chapter 4: How to Critically Review a Published Journal Article
Chapter 5: What the Literature Says: From Student to Expert
Chapter 6: The Use, Misuse, and Absence of Statistics in Forensic Science Casework
Chapter 7: Research Design for the Forensic Student and Practitioner
Chapter 8: The Importance of Ethics and Bias in Forensic Science
Chapter 9: The Key to Effective Communication in Forensic Science
Appendix: Exercise Answers
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