ERIC Number: ED347139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Integrating Legal Issues into Teacher Preparation Programs.
Davis, Brenda M.; Williams, James L.
Legal issues have become of increasing concern to school teachers and school officials. This article addresses the need for teachers, administrators, and students to have a basic awareness of their legal rights and responsibilities. Based upon a review of leading law digests, the following significant legal issues are identified and examined: integrating special needs students, child abuse or neglect, supervision of school activities, and maintaining an appropriate educational climate. Two models (figures appended) are proposed to incorporate these issues into preservice teacher education programs in the context of coursework in the liberal arts curriculum. The first model assumes the format of a cluster course surrounding a central theme such as basic rights. In such a cluster, several courses would be offered in different disciplines and would address aspects of the issue of basic rights. Participating courses might include philosophy, political science, sociology, and education, and would provide opportunites for active learning and integration of learning across the curriculum. The second model proposes broad-based topics presented in teacher education courses and the liberal arts curriculum, capped by a seminar which would integrate topics and issues. (LL)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Cluster Grouping, Education Courses, Educational Environment, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, General Education, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Legal Responsibility, Models, Preservice Teacher Education, School Law, Special Needs Students, Student Responsibility, Student Rights, Supervisory Methods, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Rights
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A