ERIC Number: ED434065
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for the Effective Implementation and Administration of Law-Related Education: Including an Addendum for Guidelines for LRE Instructor Training and Program Evaluation.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
This booklet defines law-related education as an educational program for teaching non-lawyers about law, the legal system, and the fundamental principles and values on which constitutional democracy is based. The program's approach is characterized by relevant curriculum materials, interactive teaching strategies, and extensive use of the experience of community resource persons. It particularly focuses on at-risk youth who would benefit from good peer and teacher role models. The booklet offers the following six guidelines: (1) prepare outside resource persons properly for the law-related education (LRE) classroom; (2) use cooperative learning teaching strategies that foster interaction and joint work among students; (3) select and present judicious and illustrative materials (including guided debate around controversial cases); (4) provide quality instruction (in terms of mastery learning, proactive classroom management, and cooperative team learning); (5) provide teachers and/or instructors with access to localized, professional peer support; and (6) emphasize building administrators' involvement as essential in supporting LRE goals. Each guideline has a rationale or theory and suggestions for classroom application and research. A glossary of relevant terms is furnished, as well as a 9-item bibliography. An addendum contains law-related education training and evaluation guidelines about substance abuse and gang prevention. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Classroom Techniques, Law Related Education, Secondary Education, Social Studies, State Standards, Substance Abuse, Theory Practice Relationship
Colorado Department of Education, State Office Building, 201 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution