ERIC Number: ED428039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov-6
Student Teachers and Legal Issues.
Monts, Dana R.
In most cases, a student teacher's actions are subject to the same laws as are the teacher's actions. Numerous laws are enacted each year that affect teachers and their classrooms. Teachers and teacher educators must be kept informed of the legal consequences of their actions or inaction. Researchers sent a survey to area superintendents, principals, and other administrative officials to gain knowledge of which laws they believed were vitally important for student teachers to know. The survey listed 16 laws for the respondents to rate in order of importance. Results from surveys of 15 respondents indicated that 90 percent considered corporal punishment and discipline the most important issue that student teachers needed to know about. The five other issues rated as most important included first aid and medication, the rights of children with disabilities, physical contact, negligence, and time spent alone. Four issues that were rated as important were permission slips, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, child abuse, and liability insurance. Two issues rated as most important and important were search and seizure and due process. The four issues rated as not so important were copyright laws, freedom from discrimination (teachers), academic freedom (teachers and students), and self-defense (teachers). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 3-6, 1998).