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CrimeTalk is now moving slowly but surely directly into educational work.  This is not a big step for us since most of our users, in the first year of our operation, are in higher education with a smaller number having experience of the secondary sector.

Of course, the whole of CrimeTalk is meant to be an educational resource, but we have always had 2 additional aims, waiting in the wings, that are more focussed on the institutions of education that teach our subject: [1] we want to be of direct use to students in their courses in our field, and [2] we want to provide an outlet for teachers, students, researchers and educationists generally to write about their problems with education today.

In the future, we intend to hold global online seminars or webinars on topics of general interest but for now, to begin with, we will have three areas of focus:

1 Articles on educational matters: these may well intially be of more interest to teachers than students;

2 Q and A pages on issues raised by students of criminology, sociology of deviance, criminal justice studies, social studies, social work, social policy, sociology of law, psychology, history of the state, philosophy of law, criminal law, jurisprudence, economics, anthropology, and any other related areas. These questions will be selectively circulated to our users for responses, if I cannot answer them quickly myself. The selectivity is because I don't want to bombard our users. Your questions should be formulated carefully and be specific. They can be written in languages other than English and we will try to respond in your language [ but be patient with us, please] as well as English.

3 Textbook-like Statements by our experts on matters of interest to all undergraduates in this field. Because of our online format and the possibility to Add Comments these will hopefully accumulate additional precision from our users' comments and qualifications. This will mark a revolutionary development for academics to be working together to provide as strong a statemnt as possible rather than sniping at each other's work or, just as bad, plodding on as an individual irrespective of what others are thinking and writing. Hopefully, these Statements will add up eventually to the online equivalent of a textbook, thus saving students a fortune on textbook costs.

Of course, CrimeTalk is a very open and dynamic enterprise, so if you want us to be doing something else or would prefer us to do these things in a certain way, then please let us know immediately by making an open comment via the Add Comment button.

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