The real deal: using authentic assessment to promote student engagement in the first and second years of a regional law program

Hart, Caroline and Hammer, Sara and Collins, Pauline and Chardon, Toni (2011) The real deal: using authentic assessment to promote student engagement in the first and second years of a regional law program. Legal Education Review, 21 (1). pp. 97-121.

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Abstract

Reports into university students' experiences indicate that student engagement is decreasing. Universities need to be able to effectively engage with students to foster teaching and learning. In light of the recent endorsement by the Council of Australian Law Deans of the threshold learning outcomes – that emphasises legal education as being more than legal knowledge – the use of authentic assessment may become far more relevant as a means of developing broader knowledge and skills. The literature has consistently linked authentic assessment with student engagement. But what is the reality of using authentic assessment to engage with students? This article reports on a study into the use of authentic assessment by law academics as a means of engaging with students, in the first and second years of a regional law program. The study reports on law academics perceptions of what is student engagement, what is student engagement and how do law academics use authentic assessment. The study reveals some negative experiences of both law students and law academics associated with using authentic assessment. The study also identifies some possible factors that, if taken into account, may positively assist with the use of authentic assessment as a means of promoting student engagement.


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Depositing User: Mrs Caroline Hart
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 06:36
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 01:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: legal education; student engagement; authentic assessment; first year student experience
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970118 Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20364

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