Commercializing success: The impact of popular media on the career decisions and perceptual accuracy of criminal justice students
Interest in the field of criminal justice continues to grow and attract students to this area of higher education. These students typically represent society in that their beliefs about the justice system are based on media depictions, not education or experience. This study surveyed Introduction to Criminal Justice students from two universities, and compared their television viewing habits with (1) their perceptions of the justice system, (2) their knowledge of justice system policies and procedures, and (3) their occupational aspirations. It was found that self-reported media exposure affected both perceptions of the justice system and major selection. Specifically, viewing law enforcement related television influenced major selection, while forensic and court related shows negatively impacted perceptual accuracy. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
Teaching in Higher Education
First Page Number
Last Page Number
Barthe, Emmanuel P.; Leone, Matthew C.; and Lateano, Thomas A., "Commercializing success: The impact of popular media on the career decisions and perceptual accuracy of criminal justice students" (2013). Kean Publications. 2126.