Legal educators' perceptions of lifelong learning: conceptualisation and practice

Hammer, Sara Jeanne and Chardon, Toni and Collins, Pauline and Hart, Caroline (2012) Legal educators' perceptions of lifelong learning: conceptualisation and practice. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 31 (2). pp. 187-201. ISSN 0260-1370


Lifelong learning appears frequently on university statements of desirable graduate outcomes. It is also referred to as a desirable outcome for Australian law graduates. This paper examines academic staff perceptions of lifelong learning as part of a broader study about assessment practices in a recently established Australian law school. Findings indicate that participants value lifelong learning, and that some of their perceptions of assessment principles and practice are broadly aligned with the lifelong learning paradigm.
However, responses also indicate a lack of precision about how students' capacity for lifelong learning ought to be developed, as well as a tendency for participants to conflate the 'self-management' component of lifelong learning with a more traditional, higher education concept of learner autonomy. The paper argues that imprecision and confusion about how to assess relevant skills and attributes will continue where lifelong learning is understood only in general terms, or as a sub-set of generic, graduate attributes. It therefore recommends that some unpacking of the concept be undertaken, at the institutional level, and that possible assessment models and exemplars be provided for the different lifelong learning domains, including: self-awareness; self-management and judgement; self-efficacy and motivation; and relevant generic graduate skills such as research and/or information literacy, critical thinking and problem solving.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 02:53
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2015 05:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: lifelong learning; student capacity; graduate skills; higher education research
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/02601370.2012.663803

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