Teaching Introduction to Policing
The book begins with practical advice for designing a course that will meet both the instructor’s needs and those of their students, setting the tone on the first day of class, and determining effective student learning outcomes. In later chapters, the text presents diverse teaching and learning methods, including adult-based, problem-centered learning, the lecture approach, instructing large classes, and more. The text provides specific recommendations for using case studies and exercises in classes to introduce students to the history of policing, the nature of patrol, criminal investigations, the rule of law, police accountability, civil liability, various local and national policing agencies, and contemporary issues in the field. The book concludes with discussions of how to integrate technology in the classroom, how to accurately assess student learning, and the many positive - and some potentially negative - aspects of teaching introductory policing courses. In addition, five exhibits include samples of a course outline and an examination.
Featuring invaluable insight from the fields of criminal justice and education, Teaching Introduction to Policing is designed to provide novice instructors with enlightening and practical ideas to make the most of the classroom experience for both themselves and their students.