Assessing reflection skills in law using criterion-referenced assessment

Burton, Kelley J. & McNamara, Judith (2009) Assessing reflection skills in law using criterion-referenced assessment. Legal Education Review, 19(1-2), pp. 171-188.


This paper focuses on the assessment of reflective practice, an issue that has not been fully explored within legal education literature. While the issue of how reflective practice should be taught is one that requires careful consideration, it is beyond the scope of this paper to consider both the teaching and the assessment of reflective practice. Part II of this paper conceptualises reflective practice, and Part III explores the benefits of reflective practice in legal education and the use of reflective writing to assess experiential learning in a legal context. Part IV considers the diverse issues that arise in assessing reflective practice and whether there is an objective method for assessing reflection. Part V of the paper examines the assessment of reflective practice in the context of an exemplar undergraduate law subject that uses a reflective report to assess students’ experiential learning during a court visit.14 Finally, Part VI offers a rubric to facilitate criterion-referenced assessment of reflective practice and thereby provides a framework for assessing reflection skills. It is suggested that the rubric is transferable not only to other law subjects but also to subjects in other disciplines.

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ID Code: 30078
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Assessment, Reflection skills, Criterion-referenced, Experiential learning, Reflective thinking, HERN, LJHERN
ISSN: 1033-2839
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
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
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Australasian Law Teachers Association and the authors
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2010 00:55
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2013 22:50

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