ERIC Number: ED366525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
LRE Research: A Status Report. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 8.
Wolowiec, Jack, Ed.
This bulletin explores the effectiveness of law related education (LRE) programs by surveying the relevant research. The document begins with the article "Research and Law Related Education: Perceptions, Perspectives, and Possibilities" (David T. Naylor). The article identifies five categories of questions important to LRE research: (1) What is the nature and status of LRE? (2) What impact does LRE have on the lives of students? (3) What is needed to teach LRE effectively? (4) How should teahers be prepared to teach LRE? and (5) What is required to get and keep LRE in school programs? Five functions of research are identified: (1) to provide scientific underpinnings to the ideas and practices regarded as common sense; (2) to uncover new perspectives and provide fresh ideas; (3) to uncover ways of proceeding requiring different beliefs or complex actions; (4) to produce findings that simplify practice; and (5) to yield ideas and findings that are counter-intuitive. Ten references are included. The remainder of the bulletin consists of summary reports of seven research studies in progress: (1) "Exploring the Dimensions of Political Tolerance among Adolescents"; (2) "Current Status of LRE in Elementary Classrooms"; (3) "Teachers' Conceptions of Justice as Implemented in Social Studies Curriculum"; (4) "Judicious Discipline: Teachers and Students Practicing the Language of Citizenship"; (5) "Impact of Mediation Experience on Mediators"; (6) "Cognitive Development in Young Children: Issues of Literacy Expression and Law"; and (7) "An Analysis of Initial Law Related Education: Case Studies of Elementary School Teacher-Pupil Interactions Related to the Concepts of Law and Order." Eight research proposals are summarized. Contains 26 references. (DK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Program Effectiveness, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
American Bar Association, Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship, 541 N. Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.