Criminal Justice Scholar: Avoiding Bias in Academic Writing

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Bias writing occurs when the author is not objective and makes generalizations and assumptions. When writing with an objective voice avoid words with negative connotations. Make sure your writing is balanced and not just one-sided. If you discover academic evidence/research of an alternative viewpoint, incorporate this into your work. This will help with staying objective in your criminal justice academic writing.

How to Identify Fact vs. Opinion in Writing & Research

Staying Objective and Avoiding Bias

bias1Generalization: Avoiding using generalizations such as implying “all” or “never’ assertions

Assumptions: Avoid making assumptions in your writing not supported by the academic evidence.

Evidence: Support your argument or position with research from a credible source such as a peer-reviewed journal article.

Jargon: Use a scholarly voice in your academic writing and avoid using jargon in your writing.

Stereotypes: Avoid using language that makes assumptions about a group of people not supported by the academic evidence/research.Avoiding-Gender-Bias-in-Academic-Writing

Gender Neutral: Avoid using language that is not gender neutral. Inside of saying policemen use a gender neutral language such as police officers.

Here is a list of objective verbs that you can incorporate into your academic writing.

Objective Writing Verb

About the Author

Mark Bond

Mark Bond has worked in law enforcement and has been a firearms instructor for more than 33 years. His law enforcement experience includes the military, local, state and federal levels as a police officer and criminal investigator. Mark obtained a BS and MS in criminal justice, and M.Ed in educational leadership with Summa Cum Laude honors. Mark has a doctoral degree in education (EdD) with a concentration in college teaching and learning. Mark is currently an associate professor of criminal justice at a university and adjunct professor of administration of justice studies at a community college.