ERIC Number: EJ892888
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
The Influence of a Psychology and Law Class on Legal Attitudes and Knowledge Structures
Laub, Cindy E.; Maeder, Evelyn M.; Bornstein, Brian H.
Teaching of Psychology, v37 n3 p196-198 2010
Students in an undergraduate psychology and law course and an introductory psychology course completed a variety of measures, at both the beginning and end of the semester, to assess their knowledge of and attitudes toward psycholegal topics. The psychology and law course improved students' knowledge of psychological topics concerning the legal system, but it also made them more pessimistic in their attitudes and beliefs. Introductory psychology students did not show similar changes. In both classes, students' attitudes were associated with their political orientation. Results demonstrated that a psychology and law course can alter students' views of psychological topics in the legal system.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Political Attitudes, Psychology, Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Educational Psychology, Political Affiliation, Control Groups, Legal Education (Professions), Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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