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Implementing the self-management threshold learning outcome for Law: Some intentional design strategies from the current curriculum toolbox

Huggins, Anna , Kift, Sally, & Field, Rachael (2011) Implementing the self-management threshold learning outcome for Law: Some intentional design strategies from the current curriculum toolbox. Legal Education Review, 21(1&2), pp. 183-216.

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Abstract

There is a growing awareness of the high levels of psychological distress being experienced by law students and the practising profession in Australia. In this context, a Threshold Learning Outcome (TLO) on self-management has been included in the six TLOs recently articulated as minimum learning outcomes for all Australian graduates of the Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB). The TLOs were developed during 2010 as part of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's (ALTC's) project funded by the Australian Government to articulate 'Learning and Teaching Academic Standards'. The TLOs are the result of a comprehensive national consultation process led by the ALTC's Discipline Scholars: Law, Professors Sally Kift and Mark Israel. The TLOs have been endorsed by the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD) and have received broad support from members of the judiciary and practising profession, representative bodies of the legal profession, law students and recent graduates, Legal Services Commissioners and the Law Admissions Consultative Committee. At the time of writing, TLOs for the Juris Doctor (JD) are also being developed, utilising the TLOs articulated for the LLB as their starting point but restating the JD requirements as the higher order outcomes expected of graduates of a 'Masters Degree (Extended)', this being the award level designation for the JD now set out in the new Australian Qualifications Framework. As Australian law schools begin embedding the learning, teaching and assessment of the TLOs in their curricula, and seek to assure graduates' achievement of them, guidance on the implementation of the self-management TLO is salient and timely

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ID Code: 52378
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: self-management, threshold learning outcomes, curriculum design, motivating learning, student autonomy, reflective practice
ISSN: 1033-2839
Subjects: 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
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2012 16:30
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2013 15:52

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