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ERIC Number: ED139682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
A Critical Review of Curriculum Materials in Civic and Legal Education. Law in a Free Society.
California State Bar.
The curriculum evaluation reviews content and teaching methods of various materials in civic and legal education. Twenty-one objectives of the Law in a Free Society project are identified and the adequacy of the materials reviewed to attain these objectives is discussed. Objectives include recognition of the following: (1) complexities of legal and political issues, (2) value of democratic procedures, (3) the human dimension of political and legal affairs, (4) political realities, (5) the gap between the ideals and realities of the political system, (6) workable solutions to political and legal problems, and (7) value of diversity and pluralism. General criticism of the expository nature of 80% of the material reviewed is that it emphasizes passivity and does not stimulate student interest or analytic thought. The inquiry method, although more interesting to students, does not generally convey basic information and is often hampered by legal and social science jargon. Case studies and role playing are the two most promising inquiry methods for teaching civic and legal education, although they often lack diversity and sufficient detail. Project staff members and cooperating teachers conclude that more materials should be designed which would help students develop self-esteem and individual responsibility. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Civics, Curriculum Evaluation, Decision Making Skills, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Inquiry, Instructional Materials, Interdisciplinary Approach, Legal Education, Legal Problems, Political Issues, Role Playing, Skill Development, Social Studies, Student Attitudes
Law in a Free Society, 606 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Santa Monica, California 90401 (1.50 paperbound)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California Council on Criminal Justice, Sacramento.; Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Bar.
Note: Some tables and footnotes may be marginally legible due to small type; This evaluation was prepared by the staff of "Law in a Free Society", California State Bar