ERIC Number: ED371967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Teachers Speak Out on Law-Related Education. Summary Report on the SPICE IV National Teachers' Survey.
Hardin, Julia P., Ed.; Johnson, Grant
This document reports the results of a survey of 1,284 K-12 teachers who were asked what kinds of support they needed for teaching law related and citizenship education. The survey results illustrate that the need to devise a clear definition of law related education has never been more critical. Other needs identified by the teachers included specialized training and better access to materials and resources. The needs, and some suggested strategies to help meet these needs, are summarized in this report. Law related and citizenship education varies widely from school to school, district to district, and state to state. Some programs are just starting up. Others that have been operating for years recently have been scaled back. Despite the various degrees of institutionalization, the impact of this type of education on students is remarkably consistent and positive: students became more interested in their studies, cared more about important legal and ethical issues, and learned to think for themselves. This document includes 6 sections and a summary. The sections include: (1) methodology; (2) summary of survey responses; (3) basis for determining impact on students; (4) basis for administrative support; (5) needs; and (6) implications for institutionalization. Five appendices contain: (1) survey form for teachers; (2) summary of responses to national teachers' survey; (3) survey form for administrators; (4) summary of administrators' responses; and (5) state contact list. (DK)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Citizenship Education, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education
Center for Research and Development in Law-Related Education (CRADLE), Wake Forest University School of Law, P.O. Box 7206 Reynolda Station, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: CRADLE: Center for Research and Development in Law-Related Education, Winston-Salem, NC.