ERIC Number: ED361265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about Law and Cultures: Japan, Southeast Asia (Hmong), and Mexico.
Miller, Barbara; Parisi, Lynn
To meet the needs of students who are Asian and Hispanic refugees, as well as the needs of a democratic society, teachers must be able to teach effectively an understanding and appreciation of the U.S. legal and judicial system while acknowledging, responding to, and integrating the cultural backgrounds and experiences of a diverse student population. This program is the result of a statewide program to develop, test, and train teachers in an innovative approach to law-related education that integrates the teaching of law and culture. The program focused on materials, strategies, teacher training, and community partnerships for teaching law-related education through an exploration of law and culture in the United States and three societies strongly represented in Colorado's population: Mexico, Japan, and Southeast Asia (Hmong). An outline is included to be used as a structural framework to guide the analysis of legal systems. Areas for consideration include the concept, purpose, and source of law in the culture, the judicial structure, the role of the cultural economic philosophy with regard to the formal legal system, and specific applications of the law. Lessons include objectives, handouts to be used, activities, and teacher background information. Units concentrate on history, geography and map skills, cultural differences and customs, and how ethnic customs should be viewed and treated in court when they conflict with federal or state laws. Units on Mexico cover the legal and political history of that country. Immigration is examined from Mexican and U.S. views. (DK)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Culture, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Hmong People, Immigrants, Instructional Materials, Japanese Americans, Law Related Education, Mexican Americans, Mexicans, Secondary Education
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 3300 Mitchell Lane, Suite 240, Boulder, CO 80301-2272.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Asia; Japan; Mexico