Special Issue "Pedagogical Innovation and Research in Forensic Sciences: Approaches, Outcomes and Challenges"

A special issue of Forensic Sciences (ISSN 2673-6756).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2022) | Viewed by 2464

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Dinis-Oliveira
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1. TOXRUN – Toxicology Research Unit, University Institute
of Health Sciences (IUCS), CESPU, CRL, Gandra, Portugal
2. Department of Public Health and Forensic Sciences, and Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
3. UCIBIO-REQUIMTE, Laboratory of Toxicology, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Interests: psychoactive substances; pharmacokinetics; toxicodynamics; toxicological analysis; interpretation of toxicological reports; antemortem toxicology; postmortem toxicology; clinical and forensic issues; pharmacological treatment
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Dr. Áurea Madureira-Carvalho
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1. TOXRUN – Toxicology Research Unit, University Institute of Health Sciences, CESPU, CRL, 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
2. LAQV-REQUIMTE, Laboratório de Farmacognosia, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto, R. Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, nº 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
Interests: forensic geology; forensic palynology; lophoscopy; handwriting and ethics in forensic sciences
Dr. Diana Dias da Silva
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1. TOXRUN – Toxicology Research Unit, University Institute of Health Sciences, CESPU, CRL, 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
2. UCIBIO-REQUIMTE, Laboratory of Toxicology, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Porto, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
Interests: forensic toxicology; drug abuse; analytical methods; forensic genetics; teaching in forensic sciences
Dr. Inês Morais Caldas
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1. Faculty of Dental Medicine, University of Porto, Rua Dr. Manuel Pereira da Silva, 4200-393 Porto, Portugal
2. TOXRUN – Toxicology Research Unit, University Institute of Health Sciences, CESPU, CRL, 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
3. Centre for Functional Ecology (CFE), Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Calçada Martim de Freitas, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal
Interests: forensic odontology; forensic anthropology; ethics; integrity in research; academic integrity
Dr. Rui Miguel Simões de Azevedo
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CESPU, Institute of Research and Advanced Training in Health Sciences and Technologies (IINFACTS), 4585-116 Gandra, Portugal
Interests: exercise; health; artificial intelligence; data analysis; statistical modeling; programming; algorithms; Internet of Things
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, it is impossible to keep on teaching with classic/traditional methodologies, where students are mere receptacles of information. It is now essential to learn and relearn how to teach effectively, but also to understand how students think and, consequently, how they learn. Students’ thinking paths do, in fact, impact learning.

Pedagogical innovation and research fall within the area of behavioural sciences, focusing on the students and their learning results. The professor/educator objectives must be aligned with student objectives, and modern methods should be prioritised as they help students to think in innovative and creative ways, increasing their willingness to learn, and providing them with more useful tools for their future. Teaching involving frequent student questioning and positive reinforcement, as well as establishing connections with their motivation drivers, is one of the strategies that help students to create their own learning path, adding to their previous knowledge, in an active, particular and unique process.

Providing students with a good teaching environment, where professors/educators pay attention to their emotional and physical needs, building constructive relationships and managing students’ behaviour and expectations, is also basilar to their well-being, which is very important for the creative teaching success.

We believe this Special Issue is extremely valuable for the future of forensic sciences and aims to establish a network for professionals from different forensic areas who would like to share their pedagogical best practices, where forensic students are the masters of their learning. All professionals are invited to present their theoretical and/or applied research since qualitative and quantitative research considered together is needed and essential towards the best training of forensic experts, either in an academic context or in a professional setting.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo Dinis-Oliveira
Dr. Áurea Madureira-Carvalho
Dr. Diana Dias da Silva
Dr. Inês Morais Caldas
Dr. Rui Miguel Simões de Azevedo
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forensic Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • active learning Biggs' constructive alignment Bloom´s taxonomy—learning in action evidence-based teaching flipped classroom
  • gamification Kolb's learning cycle Maslow's hierarchy of needs problem-based learning team-based learning

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Technical Note
The Portuguese Association of Forensic Sciences Model for Forensic Expert Certification: An Urgent Need and Regulation Proposal
Forensic Sci. 2022, 2(2), 417-422; https://doi.org/10.3390/forensicsci2020031 - 09 May 2022
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A certification for Forensic Specialists is urgently needed. Indeed, with the “CSI Effect”, assorted education in this field flourished in many countries, resulting in discrepancies in experts’ skills and quality that may compromise judicial decisions. Our technical proposal aims to pragmatically establish a [...] Read more.
A certification for Forensic Specialists is urgently needed. Indeed, with the “CSI Effect”, assorted education in this field flourished in many countries, resulting in discrepancies in experts’ skills and quality that may compromise judicial decisions. Our technical proposal aims to pragmatically establish a Regulation of the Professional Practice of Forensic Specialists (RPPFS) by defining the general requirements for its recognition, which must include appropriate experience/training/pedagogical processes for each of the five certification levels. This regulation has been approved by the Portuguese Association of Forensic Sciences and is advocated and recommended to reduce divergence among experts’ skills. This general regulation can be easily applied to major forensic specialties such as clinical forensic and basic medicine and those working within the framework and intersections of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, among others. Further guidelines for certification must be produced for each forensic area. Full article
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