AbstractThis resource introduces Criminology students to various explanations of crime patterns over time, provides hands-on experience using UCR and NVCS data, and links data and theory through a scaffolded two-part assignment. Both parts require students to critically evaluate explanations of temporal patterns in crime rates. The first component is a jigsaw...
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Usage NotesSee attached document titled "Instructions for Instructors: Crime over Time" for full usage notes.
Learning Goals and Assessments
- Demonstrate understanding of various explanations of crime patterns over time, including how they overlap and diverge.
- Use empirical data to answer questions about crime patterns over time, and apply explanations to observed patterns.
- Critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of data sources and criminological explanations.
- Jigsaw handout completion, along with pre-jigsaw quizzes and whole-class discussion (as relevant), allows for assessment of understanding, as does the final portion of the written assignment.
- The written assignment requires students to report empirical patterns, compare empirical patterns, and apply explanations learned during the jigsaw activity.
- The second half of the written assignment asks students to compare and evaluate data sources as well as explanations. Part 1, question 4 of the jigsaw activity also asks students to evaluate the explanation assigned.