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ERIC Number: ED218243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Preservice Teachers' Responses to the "Survey of Children's Legal Rights": Preliminary Analyses.
Sametz, Lynn; And Others
Preservice teachers' knowledge of the law as it affects students was investigated. Forty-seven preservice teachers, most of whom were undergraduates affiliated with a college of physical education, completed a survey addressing: (1) child abuse; (2) freedom of speech and press; (3) suspension and expulsion from school; (4) corporal punishment; (5) juvenile court hearings; (6) special education decisions; (7) freedom of religion; (8) search and seizure; (9) divorce and child custody; (10) school vandalism; and (11) school attendance. Respondents were asked to estimate the legal correctness of statements based on short scenarios on each legal theme. Findings indicated that the preservice teachers needed increased understanding and knowledge of basic laws affecting students, particularly in the areas of special education and corporal punishment. They had more knowledge of technical juvenile court procedures and suspension and expulsion hearings than of their professional role in dealing with child abuse. They had a marked uncertainty about issues concerning children's freedom of speech, press, and religion, as well as the proper requirements for searches and seizure within the school. The survey, with legally correct responses and relevant legal references is provided. (Authors/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A