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ERIC Number: ED153936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Law in the Curriculum. Fastback 106.
Nelson, Murry R.
The study of law in the K-12 curriculum can help students develop respect for the law and gain a better understanding of the rationale for various laws. Currently, there are two main approaches to the study of law in public schools. One is to offer a separate course or courses in law; the second is to integrate the concepts of law throughout the curriculum. Law-related activities include involving students in class discussions of topics such as why one needs a license to drive; having persons from the legal community visit and speak to the class; presenting to the students question/answer exercises; having students accompany policemen on their rounds; and engaging students in mock trial simulations. Most law-related education programs probably will continue to grow because (1) educators have become more sensitive to community needs and resources and have developed community relevant law-related programs; (2) legal education programs are receiving increasing support from members of the justice community; (3) the prospect of funding from government and private sources is good; and (4) public interest in law studies is growing. To introduce law-related education into the classroom, teachers should gather and review law-related materials, request working notes on various legal problems from the American Bar Association, and solicit community and school board support. Particular emphasis should be placed on developing better law-related education programs for elementary school students and for in-service and preservice teachers. (Author/DB)
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, Indiana 47401 ($0.75 paperbound; quantity discounts available)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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