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Corrado, Anthony – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Examines the effects of new information and communication technologies on the structure and practices of U.S. politics. Maintains that the success or failure of digital-era democracy will depend ultimately on citizen participation. Includes a brief look at current innovative U.S. voter registration programs. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Computer Mediated Communication
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Brandsberg, Jennifer – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Provides a quick look at some World Wide Web sites that contain current election year information. Recommends Project Vote Smart, a site with links to online news organizations, the home pages of all presidential candidates, and other political sites. Briefly notes several interactive CD-ROM resources. (MJP)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics
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Schneider, Pauline A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Investigates the many factors pertaining to low voter turnout. Lack of education, poverty, and apathy contribute strongly to diminished voter participation. Language difficulties, a highly mobile society, and the discouraging effects of polls also contribute. Notes the positive correlation between voter registration and participation. (MJP)
Descriptors: Alienation, Apathy, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education
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Brandsberg, Jennifer – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Presents a learning activity consisting of a forum where five students role play individuals arguing contrasting viewpoints concerning a mail-in ballot procedure for a U.S. senatorial special election. Other class members conduct independent research supporting their positions and help coach the forum members. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Elections
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Nessel, Paula A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1996
Describes a variety of educational resources designed to help teachers develop units of study around the November 1996 elections. Includes videos, study guides, activity books, pamphlets, and organization reports for grades K-12. Annotations include grade level designation and ordering information. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Current Events
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Hirshon, Robert E.; Bolduan, Linda M. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Provides a concise and informative overview of the civil justice system. Examines various components and issues including the federal and state court systems, differences between civil and criminal law, background in common law, types of civil law, civil procedure, and the effect and implementation of civil law in everyday life. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Constitutional Law
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Byer, Robert – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Briefly reviews the historical development of civil procedure (the rules that dictate how a civil case can proceed through the courts) and identifies some of its main components. Discusses procedures such as subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, venue, discovery, motions practice, pleadings, pretrial conference, and trials. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Compliance (Legal)
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Pittman, Keith A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Briefly reviews the historical developments of tort law and identifies some of its main component. Tort law concerns wrongful acts (not involving a breach of contract) that may result in a civil action. Major areas include personal injury and wrongful death, intentional torts, negligence, professional malpractice, misrepresentation, and libel.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Court Doctrine
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Nessel, Paula A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Profiles "Civil Law Mini-Trials," an instructional activity developed by P.A.T.C.H. (Participatory Awareness Through Community Help). The Mini-Trials allow students to participate in mock civil cases including preparation, presentation of arguments, debriefing afterwards, and a discussion of the real case verdict. Discusses other P.A.T.C.H.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Court Litigation
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Dailey, Dianne K.; Bolduan, Linda M. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Presents materials for an instructional activity where students contact and interview members of the local legal community concerning issues of civil law. Includes a series of question and situations that students can use to elicit responses. The questions concern constitutional rights of students, tort law, and family law. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Elementary Secondary Education
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Rose, Stephen A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Presents a lesson plan that uses cases to teach students about three types of torts: intentional wrongs, negligence, and strict liability. Torts are wrongful actions (not involving a breech of contract) that may result in a civic action. Includes lesson procedures, objectives, and student handouts on torts and negligence cases. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Court Litigation
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Pittman, Keith A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Presents a lesson plan that introduces students to the tort system of law and the responsibilities of the civil jury. The lesson involves student research and a mock jury trial establishing legal responsibility for a fatal automobile accident. Includes a list of objectives, classroom procedures, and handouts on jury deliberations. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Court Litigation
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Koman, Rita G. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Presents the materials and procedures for an instructional activity using a student forum to discuss litigious activity in the United States. The forum is an organized role play where students assume the representative roles including a single working mother, the CEO of an insurance company, a corporate lawyer. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Court Litigation
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Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Presents a word and number puzzle designed to familiarize students with law terms and their definitions. The puzzle consists of definitions followed by a sequence of numbers. The law term fitting the definition can be revealed by applying a number-letter key that is provided. Suitable for copying as a handout. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law, Definitions
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Nessel, Paula A. – Update on Law-Related Education, 1997
Provides an annotated list of resources for teaching about civil law. The materials include books, pamphlets, articles, curriculum guides, lesson plans, mock trials, videotapes, software, and simulations. Each annotation includes a contact number or address and purchase price where applicable. (MJP)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law
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