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NCJ Number: 167089 Find in a Library
Title: Three Faces of Law-Related Education: Toward a Clarification of Definition (From Law-Related Education and Juvenile Justice, P 16-27, 1997, Deborah Williamson, Kevin I Minor, and James W Fox, eds. -- See NCJ-167087)
Author(s): J W Fox; K I Minor; J B Wells
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes three generic approaches for conceptualizing law-related education (LRE) in juvenile justice settings and offers a critique of each.
Abstract: The basic approaches discussed are the use of information about the legal system to threaten and intimidate youth into obedience, logic which is consistent with what has often been called "scared straight"; the description of the justice system as a model of perfection, or what the authors call the "emperor's clothes" approach; and the focus on participatory justice, or the "learning by doing" approach. The first two of these approaches envision a social system that is separate from the learner and requires unquestioning obedience. The third approach places primary emphasis on teaching participatory opportunities in a social system that requires active involvement from all members. The authors conclude that only the third approach holds potential for being education; therefore, only this approach is appropriately labeled law-related education. Even though this approach presents numerous challenges and in no way guarantees a successful educational endeavor, attempts to graft the philosophies of the first two approaches onto the third will undermine desired outcomes. Approaches that facilitate a passive learner separated from the subject matter and convey information that is often dissonant with the learner's past experiences with illegal behavior and the justice system are fundamentally flawed. 26 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention programs
Index Term(s): Citizen legal knowledge; Educational courses; Law-related education
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