WHY ARE EDUCATORS LEARNING HOW TO INTERROGATE THEIR STUDENTS? (The New Yorker 2016)
We came across this article in The New Yorker thanks to a tweet by Professor Lorraine Hope, a ground-breaking contemporary innovative researcher who has contributed enormously to quality investigative interviewing of the highest ethical standing.
The article advises that techniques embraced within the ‘REID’ interview model have a place in the investigative interviewing of children.
“About a year and a half ago, Jessica Schneider was handed a flyer by one of her colleagues in the child-advocacy community. It advertised a training session, offered under the auspices of the Illinois Principals Association (I.P.A.), in how to interrogate students. Specifically, teachers and school administrators would be taught an abbreviated version of the Reid Technique, which is used across the country by police officers, private-security personnel, insurance-fraud investigators, and other people for whom getting at the truth is part of the job. Schneider, who is a staff attorney at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, was alarmed. She knew that some psychologists and jurists have characterized the technique as coercive and liable to produce false confessions—especially when used with juveniles, who are highly suggestible. When she expressed her concerns to Brian Schwartz, the I.P.A.’s general counsel, he said that the association had been offering Reid training for many years and found it both popular and benign. To prove it, he invited Schneider to attend a session in January of 2015.”
The full article is well worth a read and can be found via this link.
For clarity, Intersol Global do not advocate or support the deployment of such tactics, preferring the methodology deployed within the PEACE framework that includes cognitive interviewing, enhanced cognitive interviewing, and conversation management. Please feel free to contact the IG team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like additional information or informal discussion.