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Peer Review

The Throughcare Map

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Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.75 stars
Effectiveness: 4.75 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Dec 20, 2011 by Criminal Justice Editorial Board
Overview: This free material is a visual representation of the process of care in correctional facilities in Scotland. Additionally, the web site serves as a resource to a variety of professionals involved in the throughcare process (including social workers, Scottish Prison Service staff, the voluntary sector etc.). The subject matter is well presented in both a text and visual manner and includes arrows for navigation. Goals of this material are to provide definitions of each step in the court and punishment process, highlight the correctional process and to show the integration of the justice system. In addition, case studies are provided to show examples of the court process. Early undergraduate students would best benefit by the use of this educational material.
Type of Material: Reference material
Recommended Uses: The material presented on The Throughcare Map web site can be used in a variety ways for learner including in-class assignments (individual and group work) and homework. The material is also applicable to Scottish professionals who work with offenders and their families while they are incarcerated and after their release.
Technical Requirements: Browser and Adobe Reader (for pdf documents). Video presentations do not require specialized software to view but do if downloaded (MPEG and Quicktime videos).
Identify Major Learning Goals: 1. To provide definitions of each step in the court and punishment process - the site enables the viewer to click on links which provide a definition of each step in the process 2. Highlight the correctional process - the focus of this is the courts and punitive process, does not include law enforcement issues. 3. Show the integration of the justice system - the throughcare map provides a step by step process showing the integration of each step as well as resources available to those that are incarcerated at each step in the process.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate students with interest in: courts, corrections, social control, punishment, and social work. While this focuses specifically on the process utilized in Scotland, it would be a good addition to use in a comparative corrections course, or corrections courses that are comparing and contrasting other nations correctional processes and resources.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: NA

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: • Content is consistently valid, accurate, and reliable. Links and case studies are current, active, and up to date as are case studies. • Quality of content is high because of the excellent visual representation of the process involved • Complete in scope as it focuses on the process from sentencing on. Content would be incomplete in scope if instructor/student were examining this from a systems approach. • Content does not cover core curriculum but is an excellent addition for comparison purposes or student introduction to Scotland’s court and punishment process. • In addition there are fragments from three fictional case studies with videos of interviews with prisoners, examples of reports, risk assessments etc and optional exercises to help you think about how you would contribute to the delivery of a throughcare service.
Concerns: The only concern is that the content does not include any mention of pre court or punishment process. That is, law enforcement, social control etc.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.75 stars
Strengths: • The material can be used to explain the process of the courts and punishment in Scotland • The case studies allow for a demonstration and exploration of the process • The material facilitates learning by providing strong visual and audio representation of the court process, concerns regarding punishment, and case studies which humanize the information • Concepts, definition, and process are presented with clarity, focus, and organization • Material appeals to multiple learning styles and is interactive but does not include testing or feedback • The site is easy to navigate and does not require any prerequisite knowledge of corrections, the Scottish Prison service, and programming for offenders while incarcerated or afterward.
Concerns: For those unfamiliar with the Scottish Prison Service or their court system some material will take a bit longer to understand.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: • Material is easy to navigate after taking some time to study the setup, but clear instructions are not provided immediately upon entering the site. • Information is presented in a bit of an unfamiliar manner (clicking on steps in the process), but this is a strength because it will engage students in a better manner. Arrow buttons are also available on the bottom of the page. • Site is self contained, site map is available at bottom right of page, and the site provides links to appropriate viewing technology • The additional resources that are made available to the learner include PDF documents and videos that can be viewed on the web site or easily downloaded. • Additionally, the resources can serve as reference material for various class projects and homework assignments.
Concerns: • Instructions are not provided immediately upon entering site • Site map is located on bottom of page, student will need to search for it • Experience computer users will find this site to be easy to navigate, those that are unfamiliar may not • Components are engaging, but not interactive

Other Issues and Comments: The depth of material presented by this information source is excellent. Good addition to hybrid or online course.