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ERIC Number: ED375063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching Strategies.
This instruction guide conveys effective strategies for engaging students in small group exercises, brainstorming, discussions, case studies and controversial issues. After emphasizing the importance of the first small group session for setting the tone, the guide advises teachers to appoint groups of two to five students, assigning the most extroverted as group leaders and dividing the least perceptive among the groups. As each group sits in a circle, the teacher should move around to each group to answer questions. To foster imaginative solutions to problems, the guide presents the strategy of brainstorming. Teachers should call for as many and as wild ideas as the students can offer, discouraging any evaluation that may discourage creativity. For the successful use of the discussion method, the guide encourages teachers to consider the purposes that their questions are intended to serve, whether to open discussion, amplify a contribution, or to close a discussion. The guide devotes considerable attention to case studies, a method well-suited to law-related education. Foremost, the teacher should carefully choose the appropriate case, one which involves an enduring legal question and evokes dramatic interest. After introducing students to the facts of the case, the teacher should define the legal issues and arguments and invite students to explain their decision in the case. When controversial subjects arise, students should identify the core issues and recognize the legitimacy of the arguments. (JD)
National Institute for Citizen Education in the Law, 711 G Street, S.E., Washington, DC 20003.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A