Using Assessment Practice to Evaluate the Legal Skills Curriculum
Molly T. O'Brien
Australian National University - ANU College of Law
University of Wollongong
October 24, 2008
Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2008
ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 08-38
A comprehensive audit of the skills curriculum offered to students in a Bachelor of Laws program yielded important insights about the collective impact of assessment tasks on the hidden and operational skills curriculum. This qualitative case study supports the views (1) that assessment tasks provide significant skills practice and performance opportunities for students; (2) that assessment provides students with important cues about what type of learning is valued; and (3) that review of assessment practices across the curriculum can provide important information for curricular reform.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: curriculum reform, assessment, legal skills, curriculum review, hidden curriculum, review of assessment practices, law school, legal education
JEL Classification: I2Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: October 24, 2008 ; Last revised: December 12, 2012
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