ERIC Number: ED363579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Shaping American Democracy: U.S. Supreme Court Decisions. Revised Edition.
Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.; New York State Bar Association, Albany.; New York State Education Dept., Albany.
This resource guide has been designed to assist teachers and students in the study of key U.S. Supreme Court cases. Each of the 93 cases listed includes a presentation of the facts, issue, and decision of the Court. Twenty-five commonly used textbooks were analyzed to determine the extent to which they cited the Supreme Court cases. No text cited all of the cases, and some of the cases were not cited at all. References varied from simple references to more complete discussions; the textbooks discussed few cases in full. To assist teachers, the first section of this guide is a table that indicates which cases are cited in which textbooks. Cases are grouped by topic, e.g., Constitution; Civil Rights/Discrimination, Freedom of Expression, etc. The second section contains a bibliography of coded textbooks. The third section provides a brief synopsis of the cases. Because of the topical arrangement, teachers or students can review preceding or following cases to consider changes in precedents and gain a quick reference for further legal research. The fourth section includes strategies and activities highlighting the case study method. Appendices include a table of cases, a copy of the complete U.S. Constitution, and a glossary of terms. (SG)
Descriptors: Case Method (Teaching Technique), Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Content Analysis, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Social Studies, Textbook Research, United States Government (Course), Units of Study
Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program, New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Students; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Bar Association, Baltimore.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.; New York State Bar Association, Albany.; New York State Education Dept., Albany.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution