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ERIC Number: ED153936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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)
Descriptors: Community Resources, Curriculum Development, Educational Finance, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Inservice Education, Lawyers, Legal Education, Police, Professional Associations, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Relevance (Education), School Visitation, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
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