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Using reflective practice assessment in the first year of law to encourage a positive professional identity and promote law student well-being

Field, Rachael M. & Duffy, James (2012) Using reflective practice assessment in the first year of law to encourage a positive professional identity and promote law student well-being. In Mortimer, Rachel (Ed.) Proceedings of the 15th International First Year in Higher Education Conference, QUT Events, Sofitel Brisbane Central, Brisbane, pp. 1-9.

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Abstract

In this paper we argue that intentional curriculum design in the first year of law should encourage law students to develop an emergent sense of a positive professional identity. When first year law students engage with a nascent notion of a positive professional identity, their well-being is supported because their studies are informed and contextualised by a sense of purpose for their future professional life. In a first year law subject run for the first time at the QUT Law School in 2011, reflective practice was successfully used to achieve these goals. The paper discusses the subject, the opportunity of using reflective practice to teach a positive sense of professional identity, and some student perspectives on the subject’s design.

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ID Code: 51469
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: HERN, Mental Health, depression, anxiety, resilience, curriculum, hope, optimism, positive professional identity, reflective practice, Law student well-being
ISBN: 9781921897399
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Counselling (130305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 the authors.
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2012 10:46
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 08:20

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