‘Hiring a Nashville sensation’ : using narrative learning to develop the problem solving skills of contract law students

Backstrom, Michelle & Cooper, Donna Maree (2014) ‘Hiring a Nashville sensation’ : using narrative learning to develop the problem solving skills of contract law students. Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, 7(1&2), pp. 51-61.

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This article discusses the design of interactive online activities that introduce problem solving skills to first year law students. They are structured around the narrative framework of ‘Ruby’s Music Festival’ where a young business entrepreneur encounters various issues when organising a music festival and students use a generic problem solving method to provide legal solutions. These online activities offer students the opportunity to obtain early formative feedback on their legal problem solving abilities prior to undertaking a later summative assessment task. The design of the activities around the Ruby narrative framework and the benefits of providing students with early formative feedback will be discussed.

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ID Code: 81747
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
ISSN: 1836-5620
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Commercial & Property Law Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Authors
Deposited On: 11 Feb 2015 22:49
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2015 20:52

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