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Development of a good practice frameworks in forensic science research

Tanui, Cecilia (2019) Development of a good practice frameworks in forensic science research. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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This paper focuses on the current best practices in the research methodology in the medical/ biomedical and biosciences disciplines and based on their recommendations and practices, developing best practice frameworks in forensic science research. Robust procedures have been identified and tested against several forensic papers that have been recently published to prove if they meet the selected criteria. The study will access the information acquired from previous forensic research papers and express the expectations of ideal forensic research, and this will lead to the development of a forensic framework that can be applied by researchers in different forensic disciplines. The idea that most of the forensic publications lack adequate scientific foundation is a critical issue that needs to be addressed to improve the validity and reliability of conclusions made in forensic science research. The 2009 National Academy of Sciences report Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward pointing out the unscientific state of various forensic subfields has a clear indication of a knowledge gap regarding the reliability of the methods used in the research process(61). The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology(62) report in 2016, has reviewed the matter and made recommendations for further progress in the challenges facing forensic science. The conclusion addresses the importance of developing forensic research culture that follows the selected procedures aimed at improving forensic science research.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Supervisor(s): Speers, James and Tobe, Shane
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