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.


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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