ERIC Number: ED100758
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Test of Applied Concepts of the Law -- Attitude Section.
Crosthwait, Charles; Hoffman, Alan J.
This document examines the results of a law education workshop designed to change teacher attitudes on various aspects of legal-ethical behavior. One hundred and eight Atlanta elementary and secondary school teachers were pre and postested on nine attitudes. These include attitudes toward (1) teacher conduct in a situation leading to bodily harm of a student, (2) the resultant law suit from the student's injury, (3) legalization of marihuana, (4) corporal punishment, (5) capital punishment, (6) children's work in the home, (7) forced social integration, (8) guarantees given on consumer products, and (9) legal responsibilities of minors in business transactions. Results indicate that the attitude change strategy was not effective in changing workshop participant attitudes. However, there was a marked decrease in the number of "no response" or "not sure" answers indicating a definite trend toward the firming of opinions. Elementary teachers consistently showed more liberal attitudes toward the legal-ethical opinions sampled than did secondary teachers. One inference regarding this finding is that the elementary teacher's attitude is more child centered, i.e., more sympathetic, and therefore less punitive than the secondary teacher's. (DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Summary report prepared for "Attitude Change Toward Legal Concepts," paper presented at the college and Univ. Faculty Association meeting, National Council for the Social Studies, Chicago, Ill., November 28, 1974)