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ERIC Number: ED429879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 34
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Understanding the Value of Law Related and Civic Education for Youth: A Review of the Literature.
Cornett, Jeffrey W.
Research in law-related education (LRE) and related fields is reviewed in this report. For the past two decades, researchers consistently have reported that law-related curricula and instruction make a positive impact on youth when compared to traditional approaches to teaching and learning law, civics, and government. The overall conclusion is that LRE programs have a positive effect on student knowledge about law and legal processes, and individual rights and responsibilities. In addition, there is evidence that LRE programs have a positive influence on student attitudes and behavior. The most positive changes in student behavior often are associated with LRE programs where the following elements are present: instruction is of high quality and promotes higher order thinking; students are actively involved in the instructional process; teachers thoughtfully mediate the curriculum through wise selection of materials and outside resource persons; administrators actively support the program; and instructors have a network of professional peer support. This review incorporates an analysis of the major databases that yielded 9 technical reports, 6 scholarly papers, and 25 dissertations directly linked to law-related education. In addition, 13 journal articles and 6 book chapters were included in the review. (BT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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