Implementing the self-management threshold learning outcome in Australian legal curricula : insights from self-determination theory

Huggins, Anna Louise (2013) Implementing the self-management threshold learning outcome in Australian legal curricula : insights from self-determination theory. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

In 2010, six Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for law were developed by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's Discipline Scholars: Law. The final of these outcomes, TLO 6, concerns self-management. This thesis examines strategies for implementing self-management in Australian legal education by first contextualising the development of TLO 6 in light of other relevant national and international developments in higher education, and secondly, analysing this learning outcome through the lens of Self-Determination Theory (SDT), an influential branch of educational psychology.

It is argued that the central concept of autonomous self-regulation in SDT provides insights into factors that are relevant to law students’ capacities for long-term self-management, which is reinforced by analysis of the literature on law students’ distress. Accordingly, curriculum design that supports students’ autonomy may simultaneously promote students’ self-management capacities. The discussion of theoretical and practical perspectives on autonomy supportive curriculum design in this thesis thus illuminates potential pedagogical approaches for the implementation of TLO 6 in Australian legal curricula.

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ID Code: 61127
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Field, Rachael & Kift, Sally
Keywords: autonomy supportive curriculum design, law students’ distress, legal education, self-determination theory, self-management, threshold learning outcomes, TLO 6
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2013 00:44
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2015 03:05

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