Forensic Science: Advanced Investigations

  • AUTHORS: Rhonda Brown; Jackie Davenport
  • ISBN-13: 9780538450898 
  • 528 Pages  Hardcover 
  • 1st Edition
  • ©2012     Published
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About The Product

FORENSIC SCIENCE: ADVANCED INVESTIGATIONS is part of a comprehensive course offering as a second-level high school course in forensic science, a course area in which students have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of chemistry, biology, physics, earth science, math, and psychology, as well as associate this knowledge with real-life applications. This text builds on concepts introduced in FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS & INVESTIGATIONS, as well as introduces additional topics, such as arson and explosions. Following the same solid instructional design as the FUNDAMENTALS & INVESTIGATIONS text, the book balances extensive scientific concepts with hands-on classroom and lab activities, readings, intriguing case studies, and chapter-opening scenarios. The book's exclusive Gale Forensic Science eCollection™ database provides instant access to hundreds of articles and Internet resources that spark student interest and extend learning beyond the book. Comprehensive, time-saving teacher support and lab activities deliver exactly what you need to ensure that students receive a solid, complete science education that keeps readers at all learning levels enthused about science. This two-book series provides a solution that is engaging, contemporary, and specifically designed for high school students. Instructors can be confident that the program has been written by high school forensic science instructors with their unique needs in mind, including content tied to the national and state science standards they are accountable to teaching.


  • Same solid instructional design as FORENSIC SCIENCE: FUNDAMENTALS & INVESTIGATIONS with objectives, vocabulary terms, science standards, cases, notes, online research, numerous photos and illustrations, summary, career profiles, end-of-chapter review questions, bibliography, and many lab activities.
  • A wide variety of high-interest *lab activities* (three to five per chapter) save you time while giving students the hands-on experience needed to integrate their knowledge of science and related subjects. Hands-on lab activities outline the objectives, time required, materials, safety precautions, scenarios, background information, detailed procedures and data tables, follow-up questions, and research opportunities. Affordable lab activity materials allow for labs to be completed with minimal investment.
  • The Capstone Crime Scene project gives students the opportunity to apply key topics learned throughout the course.
  • Digging Deeper with Forensic Science eCollection guides students in exploring specific areas of interest related to forensic science for additional reinforcement.
  • The Gale Forensic Science eCollection™ allows you and your students to investigate the mysteries of forensic science in-depth with online access to hundreds of articles--from highly specialized academic journals to general science-focused magazines. You and your students stay current with the latest scientific developments in this growing field. No other publisher offers such a complete, exclusive resource. Free student access on the textbook companion website.
  • Careers in Forensic Science focuses on the hottest careers related to forensic science today, detailing job requirements, necessary preparation, challenges, and compensation.
  • Case Studies bring closure to the principles discussed within the chapter using intriguing cases and challenges drawn from actual forensic investigations. Questions prompt discussion and further students' critical-thinking skills.
  • Chapter-opening scenarios highlight some of the latest developments and intriguing news shaping popular forensic science today. These exciting stories, taken directly from gripping headlines, draw students into the chapter information that follows. Scenarios feature well-known cases, such as Michael Jackson, Laci Peterson, Susan Smith, the Menendez brothers, and more.
  • Crime Scene S.P.O.T. (Student Prepared Original Title) offers short stories written by actual students, followed by critical-thinking questions and a writing activity. This activity provides interdisciplinary instruction integrating reading and writing throughout the text.
  • P.A.C.T.™ Activities (Preventing Adolescent Crime Together) provide service learning opportunities through projects addressing issues such as anti-bullying and social responsibility.
  • Using Prior Knowledge is a project that helps teachers assesses students’ knowledge of forensic science when entering the second course.
  • Clear Learning Objectives guide student study and help them focus on the key topics within each chapter. Chapter content and assessment materials are tagged to specific learning objectives to provide students with a strong framework for mastering key concepts.
  • Scientific Terms and Vocabulary, highlighted in each chapter, introduce key terms; ensuring students are able to understand their meaning.
  • End of Chapter Review Questions, including true-false, multiple choice, and short answer, highlight cross-curricular connections and ensure students thoroughly comprehend principles before moving ahead.
  • Historical Developments highlight how forensic science has impacted events throughout history. Students examine how today's investigative approaches have evolved as the nature of scientific methods and tools have dramatically advanced.
  • Did You Know? builds on chapter content by highlighting related current events, scientific tips, even little known facts students will remember.
  • The Forensic Science companion website* offers a wealth of learning and teaching resources including Web links, glossary terms, flashcards, crossword puzzles, lab forms, lesson plans, PowerPoint® presentation slides, and much more.

About the Contributor

  • Rhonda Brown

    Rhonda Brown is the STEM Project Manager for Lake County Schools in Florida. She taught middle and high school science in Indiana and in Florida. Brown developed the Florida state curriculum for Forensic Sciences I and co-authored the Forensic Science II curriculum. She received her Master's in Education degree from Indiana Wesleyan and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana. In 2004, she received National Board Certification followed by East Ridge High School Teacher of the Year Award and the 2005 Disney Teacherrific Award for Outstanding Educational Program. In 2010, she was named Central Florida STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association. Rhonda Brown has been a presenter at several local, state, and national education conferences including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Florida Association for Science Teachers (FAST). For the 2011-12 school year, she served an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Division at the National Science Foundation.

  • Jackie Davenport

    Jackie Davenport teaches earth science, honors chemistry, and forensic science at Tavares High School in Tavares, FL. She is the Small Learning Community Lead teacher for the Science, Technology, and Health Sciences community. Davenport is co-author of the Forensic Science II curriculum for the state of Florida. She earned a Master's in Educational Leadership degree from National Louis University and a Bachelor's in Science Education degree from East Carolina University. Her awards include Tavares High School Teacher of the Year, Lake County Teacher of the Year finalist, the 2005 Disney Teacherrific Award for Outstanding Educational Program, and Disney Teacherrific Special Judges Award in 2003. Jackie Davenport has served as a consultant for the National Education Program. She has also facilitated and presented at several state and national science teaching events, including the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Florida Association for Science Teachers, and Florida Association of Science Supervisors.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Forensics.
2. Interrogation and Forensic Science Reporting.
3. Forensic Laboratory Techniques.
4. Arson and Fire Investigations.
5. Explosions.
6. Body Systems.
7. Physical Trauma.
8. Autopsy and Truthful Reporting.
9. Physiology of Alcohol and Poisons (Toxicology).
10. Advanced Studies of DNA.
11. Forensic Odontology.
12. Entomology.
13. Crime and Accident Reconstruction.
14. Cyber Crimes.
15. Criminal Profiling.
16. Capstone Crime Scene Project.