ERIC Number: ED059131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Laws and Court Decisions in the United States as Related to Teacher Responsibility and Liability During Field Trips.
DuVall, Charles R.; Krepel, Wayne J.
The purpose of this study was to investigate existing state laws and court decisions in the United States related to teacher responsibility and liability while on field trips. Literature reviewed in the report deals with both teacher responsibility and the instructional aspect of field trips. During July and August, 1971 a three-item questionnaire (appended) was mailed to each state's office of the Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and office of the State Education Association. 109 responses were received from 48 states. The questionnaire sought information regarding: 1) specific state laws dealing with the conduct of field trips by teachers with groups of children; 2) recent and earlier court decisions regarding teacher responsibility and liability; and, 3) comments regarding the issue in general. Responses are tabulated, summarized, and quoted in four tables and interpreted as follows: 1) relevant state laws and court decisions are few, if any, in number; 2) the teacher conducting a field trip is no more liable to tort liability for negligence than he would be in his own classroom; and , 3) liability insurance is available to teachers either through government agencies and/or member ship in professional organizations in many states. (Author/DJB)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., South Bend.