Promoting law student well-being through the curriculum

Field, Rachael (2014) Promoting law student well-being through the curriculum. Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows Reports. Office of Learning and Teaching, Sydney.

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The Australian tertiary sector is becoming increasingly concerned about the psychological well-being of its students.Empirical research in Australia indicates that more than one-third of law students suffer from psychological distress, and the competitive, isolated, adversarial learning environment at law school has been suggested as partly responsible (Brain and Mind Research Institute, 2009). This fellowship program has mobilised strategic change to improve the psychological health of law students. It has lead and stimulated advancement in the legal curriculum, its pedagogy, and assessment practice to better engage, motivate and support student learning of law, focussing on the potential of non-adversarial legal practice. A new conceptual framework for legal education has been developed, demonstrating the pursuit of excellence in the teaching of law, and raising the profile of learning and teaching in Australian law schools. In addition the fellowship has created a national community of practice around this issue through the Wellness Network for Law, and made significant contributions to research and scholarship in the field.

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ID Code: 75519
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Final report of: Stimulating strategic change in legal education to address high levels of psychological distress in law students
Keywords: HERN
ISBN: 9781743618301
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
  • OLT/2010 ALTC Fellowship ($100,000.00)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author
Copyright Statement: With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, and where otherwise noted, all material presented in this document is provided under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
Deposited On: 25 Aug 2014 01:29
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2014 23:38

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