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ERIC Number: ED142475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Law-Related Education through a Community Study Project.
New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of General Education Curriculum Development.
This guide is designed to provide a process for identifying and developing understanding of the many ways that the law touches the individual at the community level. A study done by 7th grade students at Wellwood Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District in New York is described. A geographic feature in the community known as the Swan Pond was studied. As detailed in the day by day account of this study, the students interviewed town residents, took pictures, and searched official records to learn about the pond's history, the community's use of the facility, and many other aspects. Technological, communicative, and analytical skills are stressed in this project. The students benefited from their face to face contact with the people of the community, and had opportunity to see their "known world" in another context. Models, suggested activities, and samples of interviews, reports, and documents are included. To use this study as a prototype, teachers might identify a similar focal point in the community in which they teach, and adapt the procedures developed by the teaching team and students at the Wellwood school. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Community Study, Course Descriptions, Field Experience Programs, Geography Instruction, Government Role, Grade 7, Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Legal Education, Legislation, Local History, Oral History, Program Descriptions, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Projects, Teaching Guides, Teaching Models
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Education Dept., Albany. Bureau of General Education Curriculum Development.