Assessing the Student Field Experience in Criminal Justice

Harry Dammer, University of Scranton

It is now common for criminal justice/criminology programs to include at least one course that allows undergraduate students to participate in a field experience, internship, or co-op. This paper will present the findings of a study that explores student and field supervisor views of the expectations, roles, and competence of students who participate in this important educational experience. Students were asked open-ended questions about expectations and field experience goals, career goals, and what was gained by their field experience. Work site supervisors were asked 20 fixed-item questions and 6 open-ended questions about how the students performed and how the students impacted their agency. The results of the study will be described and implications for similar learning experiences explored.

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