ERIC Number: ED102165
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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The Student Teacher and the Law.
Mack, Michael G.; Norwood, Elizabeth R.
A student teacher has very limited authority in the classroom and his/her position with regard to the law remains obscure. Very few statutes concerning student teachers' legal status exist, and there are even fewer court cases involving student teachers. (Specific statutes and cases are cited.) There are, however, numerous legal problems that both teachers and student teachers may have. These problems generally fall into one of the following four categories: (a) classroom discipline, (b) pupil injury, (c) controversial matters, and (d) teachers' rights. This paper presents both actual and hypothetical cases within each of the above categories involving student teachers and the law. Measures should be taken by each state to seek legislation clearly setting forth the legal status of student teachers and to issue some type of "preliminary certificate" which would provide the student teacher with clear legal rights. Teaching training institutions should also provide students with a law course that would deal with problems he/she might face while student teaching. (PB)
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