ERIC Number: ED167437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Michigan Consumer Protection Act of 1976. Consumer Education Training Module.
This guide for secondary teachers is designed to identify and illustrate specified illegal practices identified in the Michigan Consumer Protection Act of 1976. The guide also explains procedures that a consumer or law-enforcement agency can take to enforce the provisions of this law. Since the act is a broad one, students learn not only about Michigan law, but also about the specifics of consumer protection laws throughout the country. Therefore, many materials in the guide are appropriate for other areas in the United States. A chart explains specific provisions of the act by outlining prohibited practices, providing generalized examples of the practice, and suggesting classroom activities and resources to aid students understand the practice. For example, one section of the law prohibits representing characteristics, uses, or benefits of goods or services which they do not have. The provision covers the general area of false advertising. Students monitor newspaper, television, and magazine advertisements for possible violations. Other suggested activities include writing letters of complaint, inviting resource speakers, and preparing a local consumer directory. In addition, students examine fraud and deceptive practices, complaints, warranties, contracts, small claims court, and agencies which provide consumer goods and services. Included are a list of other Michigan consumer laws and resources and a copy of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. (KC)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Consumer Economics, Consumer Education, Consumer Protection, Daily Living Skills, Individual Power, Law Enforcement, Laws, Learning Activities, Legal Problems, Resource Materials, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Social Studies, State Legislation, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.; Bureau of Occupational and Adult Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Office of Consumers' Education.
Authoring Institution: Eastern Michigan Univ., Ypsilanti. Consumer Education Center.
Note: For related documents, see SO 011 426-428