ERIC Number: ED312208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-15
Institutionalizing LRE Programs: Eight Case Studies.
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.
In 1987, the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention contracted with the Social Science Education Consortium to study how law-related education (LRE) programs become institutionalized and what factors influence institutionalization. Interviews were conducted in eight school districts in four states and narrative case studies were created for each site. These case studies were examined to look for patterns, develop hypotheses, note trends, discover contradictions, and test generalizations. This report contains four main sections. (1) "Institutionalization: A Preliminary Model of Educational Change" summarizes the secondary research and describes the theoretical model developed by Matthew B. Miles and used in this study. (2) "Case Study Digests" distills and reorganizes the information from the case studies. Thumbnail sketches of the eight sites provide relevant demographic information. The information for each case study has been organized according to the characteristics that have an impact on institutionalization. (3) "Case Study Narratives" contains the full case studies, providing detailed, context-rich information about each site. (4) The final section of the report, "Discussion," attempts to derive meaning by extrapolating from the research data. It is here that researchers suggest patterns that seem to emerge, contradictions that require explanation, hypotheses that might be instructive, or phenomena observed, which, if characteristic, would be important to consider in implementing or maintaining LRE programs. A 64-item bibliography is included. (JB)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Citizenship Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Qualitative Research, Teacher Response
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 ($12.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.