Introducing Criminological Thinking
Maps, Theories, and Understanding
- Jon Heidt - University of the Fraser Valley
- Johannes P. Wheeldon - Norwich University, USA, Washington State University, USA
Criminological Theory | Criminology | Sociology
Visual techniques for applying criminological theory to social science research
Introducing Criminological Thinking: Maps, Theories, and Understanding is an accessible and user-friendly criminological theory text for students, instructors and researchers. In addition to the unique use of concept maps, mind maps, and other visual techniques to consider theory-based inquiry, this text combines an exploration of the core elements of theory with relevant examples drawn from biology, psychology, sociology, critical traditions, and integrative efforts. Unlike in other theory texts, the chapters are arranged by level of explanation to help students understand how theories from different disciplines interact with each other as a foundation for many contemporary criminological theories.
Authors Jon Heidt and Johannes Wheeldon have developed a seven-step model to identify key aspects of different theories including their historical and social context, base assumptions, scope, problem foci, terms/concepts, related research, and practical ramifications. This text offers both a student-friendly theoretical discussion and accessible visual examples to explain criminological theory and its applicability to social science research.
The password-protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:
- A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
- Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.
- An Instructor Manual includes Additional Readings, Class Activities, among other pedagogical tools.
This text offers an excellent range of insights into current issues within criminology, embracing multiple perspectives and of real interest to students and fellow lecturers alike. The visual presentation allows for a broader variety of neurodiverse learners to embrace this popular subject area.
This is a very good book to recommend to students. The maps in particular are a very useful way to engage students who may be struggling with the topic, very helpful assistance when teaching theory
A very good and clear book to get in touch with most important lines of research in Criminology. I strongly recommend this book to my students.
I have found that the seven step guides used by the authors facilitates the foundation degree learner understanding of often complex topics. I have found them easy to read and a valued resource to new learners of criminology. I will be adding this as one of the recommended texts and request
While this was an interesting and useful text, it is not appropriate for this current course
A very clear, accessible and helpful text. I particularly applaud the structured development of the 'seven step model'. Highly recommended.