ERIC Number: ED181528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Tension Between the Law and Social Science: An Expert Witness's View.
Pettigrew, Thomas F.
This paper discusses the experiences of the author as an expert witness directly involved in litigation on desegregation. Using four court cases, it points out differences between social science and the law that restrict the use of social science testimony in public school desegregation cases. Four interrelated elements that contribute to this tension, discussed in depth, are (1) contrasting conceptual definitions, (2) differences in preferred scope, (3) different frameworks, and (4) conflicting operational environments. Finally, suggestions are offered by which the inherent tensions between the two disciplines can help to sharpen the perspective of each. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Desegregation Litigation, Racial Integration, School Desegregation, Social Sciences
Not available separately; See EA 012 000
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Note: Chapter 2 of "Schools & the Courts. Volume I" (EA 012 000); For related documents, see EA 012 000-009