In this clip Mark Fowler explains the ‘realistic’ scenarios within the field of Forensic Science. He underlines the effectiveness of an Inquiry Based Learning approach as an appropriate pedagogic method in this applied scientific field. He explains the benefits to both in academic knowledge development and the work-based skills such as process analysis, evaluation skills and preparation of court reports(Skills for Justice), which are required for this area of work. Mark sees the IBL approach using the crime scene based scenarios as a way to develop cross faculty and cross discipline work, for example embedding the maths and physics within the scenarios. This pedagogic approach encourages reflective learning for both the students and teachers involved, and he considers it has resulted in a paradigm shift in these programmes.
Dr Mark Fowler
Principal Lecturer in Forensic Science
Health and Life Sciences
Leicester School of Pharmacy
De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH.
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