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ERIC Number: ED200490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
What Can Research Contribute to Law-Related Education?
Shaver, James P.
Research in law-related education has not led to cumulative knowledge that is of much use to curriculum developers or classroom teachers. Among the reasons for this state of affairs are that researchers concentrate on nonessential topics, educational research does not generally meet criteria for scientific research, educational research is too often conducted in isolation from prior research and theory. Also, researchers often lack sensitivity to the realities of the classroom due, at least in part, to their failure to involve teachers in planning, conducting, and interpreting research. Ways in which research in law-related education can overcome these problems include that researchers should show more respect for empirical research and previous research findings, that educators should become more realistic with regard to their expectations for educational research, and that researchers pay more attention to developing explanatory concepts and to integrating and interpreting research literature. Major activities in law-related education in the 1980's will more than likely center on developing, implementing, and institutionalizing educational programs in schools and other institutions. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper prepared for an American Bar Association Conference on Law-related Education Futures (Aspen, CO, October 12-15, 1980).