The power of naming : the multifaceted value of learning students’ names

Townes-O'Brien, Molly, Leiman, Tania, & Duffy, James (2014) The power of naming : the multifaceted value of learning students’ names. QUT Law Review, 14(1), pp. 114-128.

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The modern day Australian law school is expected to educate and engage law students. Ideally law school will instil a sense of passion (or at least appreciation) for the law, promote a positive professional identity, foster a sense of community, and provide general support to law students. Collectively, the Australian legal academy is struggling with these goals. Significant numbers of students feel isolated, disconnected and unengaged throughout their tertiary legal education. Teaching students from increasingly diverse backgrounds, who spend less time on campus and less face-to-face time in class, many law academics feel ill-equipped to respond to the challenge of engaging law students in time and cost efficient ways. Intentionally learning and using student names has potential to humanise the law school experience, build community, and positively impact upon the wellbeing of students and staff.

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ID Code: 69904
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: learning, student names, legal education, psychological distress, naming, psychological well-being, law student distress, HERN
ISSN: 2201-7275
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The authors
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2014 00:19
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2014 06:27

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