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Legal education: Will modelling engage the learners in the learning

Kift, Sally M. (2002) Legal education: Will modelling engage the learners in the learning. In ATN 2002 Effective Teaching and Learning Conference, Brisbane, Dec 2002., December 2002, Brisbane, Queensland.. (Unpublished)

Abstract

For our students, the university experience should be rich and textured; one that promotes intellectual breadth, agility and curiosity. It should be a journey of character and disposition that students embrace for its relevance to their professional and personal circumstances, and not one that is eschewed by them as dense, anachronistic and of no discernible significance to their lives or the world they seek to negotiate.

As a teacher in a professional discipline, I endeavour to engage students in their learning by modelling an ethic of care that humanises the tertiary experience. A priority is to make the transition to university easier rather than harder, and my ambition is to make explicit the connection between the professional, the personal, social responsibility and good citizenry. By placing law in the lived context of contemporary events, by challenging students to be the best practitioners they can be in all (not just the technical) aspects, and by choosing to demonstrate (rather than not do so) a personal and professional value framework, I hope to send my students into the world, not just with a collection of lacklustre notes written by disengaged observers, but as reflective practitioners and good societal members who have embraced their education and their discipline for many reasons, not least of which is because they find resonance in their multiple identities as students, future practitioners and global citizens. This paper will explore these strategies for student engagement and examine the efficacy of such an approach to teaching and learning.

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ID Code: 8270
Item Type: Conference Paper
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 The Author
Deposited On: 26 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:42

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