ERIC Number: ED377123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
From Risk to Resilience: The Role of Law-Related Education. Technical Assistance Bulletin No. 13.
Wright, Norma D.
Proclaiming that delinquency and violence among youth are neither uncontrollable nor inevitable, this technical bulletin argues that law-related education (LRE) can help young people overcome adverse environmental conditions by teaching the principles and skills needed to become responsible participants and active citizens. Although LRE cannot eliminate risk factors such as family conflict, community disorganization, and economic deprivation, LRE programs may foster student resilience and ability to cope with a harmful environment. Because of the involvement of community resource persons, LRE programs promote bonding with responsible adult role models, an important protective factor. LRE programs also promote interactive, cooperative learning and problem solving, methods that contribute to social competence and problem-solving skills. Practice in mock trials, legislative hearings and other role-play strategies strengthens the ability to think abstractly, reflectively, and flexibly, which increases the likelihood that at-risk youth will think before acting. Practice in handling controversial issues with respect for different viewpoints also reinforces feelings of empathy and caring. (JD)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Delinquency Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education, Resilience (Personality), Social Studies
American Bar Association, 541 North Fairbanks Court, Chicago, IL 60611-3314 ($1.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: American Bar Association, Chicago, IL. Special Committee on Youth Education for Citizenship.