Skill development in first year law students : an evaluation of peer assisted learning across two law units

Carver, Tracey & Cuffe, Natalie (2011) Skill development in first year law students : an evaluation of peer assisted learning across two law units. In 7th National PASS Forum 2011, 28-29 September 2011, The Grace Hotel, Sydney. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Universities no longer equip graduates solely with the content knowledge of their discipline, but also with prospective employment skills. Professions also seek graduates who can ‘collaborate, share skills and knowledge, and communicate their ideas effectively’ (Kruck and Reif, 2001, p 37). However, as admission to university does not always guarantee that one is well equipped for the task, first year students also need guidance in the development of academic skills. This session describes two models of peer assisted learning embedded within the Torts and Legal Foundations B units at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, and how they are used to supplement student understanding of substantive law with the development of academic and work-related skills. Student perceptions of the programs developed are considered, together with the challenges faced. Session participants will be asked to contribute to a discussion of these challenges and to offer ideas on their redress.

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ID Code: 71769
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Peer Assited Learning, Peer Mentor, First Year Law Students, Skill Development, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Higher Education Research Network
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult author(s).
Deposited On: 18 May 2014 22:15
Last Modified: 18 May 2014 22:15

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