Dead Bodies and Live Minds: How Investigating a Real Murder Can Inspire Curiosity in the High School Classroom

By Seán Arthurs’

Recently published in Social Education

There are lots of reasons why adolescents are drawn to television shows about crime, forensics, and the intersection of the two. The Hollywood characters and intriguing crime-related plot lines, the drama and suspense around motive and planning, the surprises and accountability of forensic science, and the satisfaction in seeing a wrongdoer brought to justice are certainly among those reasons. However, I hypothesize that there is something more fundamental that draws a youth audience to these shows: people like to solve mysteries. Humans, and particularly adolescents, are naturally curious. We like looking at different pieces of a puzzle and figuring out how those pieces fit together. We like using clues, testing assumptions, and coming up with our own hypotheses around motive, execution, and escape in order to move from suspects to perpetrator. continue reading

2 responses to “Dead Bodies and Live Minds: How Investigating a Real Murder Can Inspire Curiosity in the High School Classroom

  1. My guilty secret! I do enjoy mysteries, puzzles, situations where the truth is not obvious, where the truth is not what is superficially apparent. I am intensely curious, especially where something does not quite fit. It can also be frustrating when people have fixed views and cannot percieve the truth about a situation, this is of course standard in a case of wrongful conviction.

  2. Pingback: Dead Bodies and Live Minds: How Investigating a Real Murder Can Inspire Curiosity in the High School Classroom | Colder Case

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