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Effective strategies for teaching and learning law: an analysis of student experience and perception

Effective strategies for teaching and learning law: an analysis of student experience and perception

Withey, Carol (2009) Effective strategies for teaching and learning law: an analysis of student experience and perception. In: Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, 7th - 10th September 2009, University of Keele, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper seeks to assess the most effective methods in teaching law as identified by law students studying at the University of Greenwich. The paper is based on a student questionnaire completed by over 300 students studying law at levels one, two and three. The questionnaire contained 20 questions designed to assess the student perspective on effective learning strategies in relation to lectures, seminars and other learning forums. The questions were primarily presented in a multiple choice format. They provided students with answer options designed to obtain constructive feedback on a wide range of teaching styles and support structures for student learning. At one end of the spectrum, students’ views were sought on the traditional expectation that undergraduates should be responsible managing their own learning, with limited contact time with tutors (“hands off” learning). At the other extreme, students were asked to consider the approach deemed as increasingly necessary by some legal academics whereby students are given the kind of direction and assistance usually seen in schools (“hands on” learning).

The paper will briefly assess some of the teaching methods currently used in legal education and then assess them in the context of the feedback and analysis gained from the student survey. The limitations regarding this research are recognised, given that the student cohort at the University of Greenwich may differ from the student cohort in law schools nationally. Nonetheless, the author considers that the results may be useful in the wider context of the issues arising in legal education nationally.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal education, effective teaching strategies
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Law & Criminology Research Group
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:13
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5117

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