Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Educational Leadership and Research
Committee Chair Department
Educational Leadership and School Counseling
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Committee Member 3
James T. Johnson
Committee Member 4
Committee Member 5
This study examined form blindness testing as a predictor of latent print examination success among traditional and nontraditional college students. A correlational analysis of traditional versus nontraditional students was also assessed. Data were collected for two groups: trained and untrained. The untrained group (n = 167) consisted of students enrolled in courses within the field of forensic science at a university in the southeastern United States during the spring 2009 academic term. Students retained within the untrained group were those with no fingerprint training. The trained group (n = 160) consisted of students who completed a science of fingerprinting course during the years 2003 to 2007 (archival data).
The researcher employed a correlational design to determine whether form-blindness testing significantly predicts ability to perform latent print examination tasks. The study examined whether age, GPA, traditional/ nontraditional status, corrective vision, science background, form blindness, and fingerprint training affects one's ability to compare and identify latent prints. Alpha was set at 0.05.
2009, Dean James Bertram
Bertram, Dean James, "Form Blindness Testing: Assessing the Ability to Perform Latent Print Examination by Traditional Versus Nontraditional Students" (2009). Dissertations. 996.