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View the PDF document An analysis of the legal knowledge of public school administrators, public school teachers and prospective teachers in Guam
Author:Cruz, Jennifer M.
Institution: University of Guam.
Award: M.Ed.
Date: 2001.
Call No.: pac In Process
BRN: 837481
Copyright:Under 10% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: A School Law Survey was disseminated to 82 Guam public school administrators, 492 Guam public school teachers in nine of the public schools, and 60 prospective teachers in an elementary and secondary teaching methods course at the University of Guam. Part I of the survey compiled demographic information on the respondents' current position, experience as an administrator, experience as a teacher, administrative certification status, degree institution, gender and ethnicity. Part II of the survey compiled data describing respondents' knowledge of legal concepts relating to teacher rights & responsibilities, student rights, issues related to special education, and tort law. Survey results revealed statistically significant differences in the legal knowledge of Guam public school administrators, Guam public school teachers and prospective teachers. The post-hoc tests revealed statistically significant differences between Guam public school administrators7, Guam public school teachers', and prospective teachers' school law knowledge. No significant differences in the legal knowledge of Guam pubhc school teacher and prospective teacher knowledge of student rights and tort law were observed. The study recommends that the teacher training program at the University of Guam collaborate with the Guam Department of Education certification office to align their requirements and specifically include a school law component. In addition, the University of Guam should require education law coursework for all its graduate education programs and not limit the offering to the administration and supervision program. Finally, the Guam Department of Education should conduct a needs assessment and provide periodic professional development workshops and in-service meetings to update and strengthen both new and experienced educators' knowledge of educational law.
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