The website serves as a resource via which students can research the various aspects of the Child Prostitution realm. It also provides faculty with access to teaching material that is divided into age specific sectors of material, and it outlines every country’s history with the issue. The site provides multiple avenues of research for the student including scholarly articles to be referenced. Resources for faculty include lesson plans, essay questions, topics for debate, background information, graphics and images, anecdotes relating to this topic, term paper resources, and educational strategies for teaching this subject.
Type of Material:
• The site is extraordinarily comprehensive, and it can serve as a central repository to assign students individually or in pairs/groups to conduct research and pull together information to present to the class or submit as a collective assignment.
The breadth of the site’s resources makes it appropriate for assignments that address both current and historical perspectives.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
This website provides a wide array of educational materials that can be applied in courses pertaining to sociology, psychology, global studies, and women’s studies. After reviewing these materials, students will be able to discuss, present, and debate the critically significant global issue of child prostitution.
Target Student Population:
• This site would be useful for both undergraduate as well as graduate level coursework and students studying child prostitution, child development, sexuality, criminal psychology, or social psychology. The content may not be appropriate for younger students (e.g., high school).
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
• Only basic computer navigation skills would be needed to successfully use this site. Academically, students with a basic understanding of the premise of prostitution and child endangerment may be best suited to use of this site; however, students without this background may also fare relatively well.
• The content on this site is highly comprehensive and includes a tremendous breadth of information relating to the topic of child prostitution.
• Global coverage is a particular strength of the site.
• Links within each country represent widely varying sources of information, including government agencies, the United Nations, published references, and more.
• Content on each country is extensive, though most of this information is presented as link-outs to additional materials. It is unclear how articles are selected to be “featured” or how they move down to “archived” status.
• Some content appears to be dated with several broken links. The written content on the website does not have references nor is there detailed information about the author of the site. There are also warnings that linked information has not been checked for accuracy and that “no attempt has been made to validate their authenticity or to verify their content.”
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• The wide coverage of countries and options for students, parents, and teachers is the most impressive feature of this site. Likewise, the materials provided for instructors is extensive and very useful to the end user for the purposes of creating related assignments around this material.
• One recommendation to consider as an addition to the site might be the inclusion of a discussion forum. This would entail some level of monitoring by a website manager. However, this might allow for a higher level of interactivity with those individuals using the site. The site does currently allow for users to submit ideas to the author through a link that generates an email to the author.
• Many learning resources are provided, but they do not serve as stand-alone assignments. Instructors will need to develop assignments and learning objectives to meet particular course-related goals.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• Overall the site is simple to navigate, and it is easy to understand what content is available in various locations. The overall design quality is at a moderate level of user appeal.
• The information is clearly organized by country with general topic links provided. The information is comprehensive in scope including a wide range of countries though the site is best used if you know what countries you are interested in investigating.
• Textual information is pervasive throughout the site, and on occasion some headers (such as archived and featured) do not easily distinguish one area from the next. Also, the related links at the bottom of the left-hand menu are in font size that is too small for easy readability.
• The site is heavy on links with little guidance on how to explore, and there is not an intuitive use of the site that would naturally engage the learner or guide them through an exploration of the resources.
• The site contains broken links. The photos and videos are not sourced.
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