Designing Reflective Assessment for Workplace Learning in Legal Education

McNamara, Judith & Field, Rachael M. (2007) Designing Reflective Assessment for Workplace Learning in Legal Education. In ATN Evaluation and Assessment Conference, 29-30 November 2007, QUT, Brisbane.



The capacity to reflect on one’s own strengths and weaknesses, to learn from constructive criticism and to practice critical reflection by monitoring one’s own work performance and interpersonal interactions is essential to the ability to learn from experience and is the cornerstone of the journey to becoming a life long learner. While reflective practice is a desired attribute of law graduates, it is currently not widely adopted in legal education. This article considers the potential for achieving effective ‘real world’ (workplace) learning for students of law through the use of reflective assessment. First, we discuss the relationship between reflective practice and effective workplace learning. Second, we consider the nature and importance of reflective assessment design in legal education. Third, we explore a practical example of the use of reflection in the assessment of workplace learning, focussing on an internship unit offered in the QUT Law School. We conclude that reflective practice is an effective way of enabling students to be involved in a genuine learning experience during internships in legal education.

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ID Code: 12576
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN, reflective practice, assessment, work integrated learning, workplace learning, legal education, reflective journals
ISBN: 1741071356
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 QUT Teaching and Learning Support Services and Judith McNamara and Rachael Field
Copyright Statement: This work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission from the copyright holders.
Deposited On: 21 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 01:22

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