Providing Structure to Law Students: Introducing the Programmed Learning Sequence as an Instructional Tool

Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, Vol. 8, p. 59, 2002

St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0113

18 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2008  

Robin Boyle

St. John's University - School of Law

Lynne Dolle

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

There has been little empirical research conducted in law schools concerning the effectiveness of teaching students according to their individual learning styles. Boyle and Dolle conducted an empirical study at St. John's University School of Law. They assessed the learning-styles preferences of a first-year law student population and measured the effectiveness of a particular type of instructional tool - the Programmed Learning Sequence manuals (PLS). The law students indicated in their assessments that they were diverse in their learning style; additionally, the students indicated that they strongly preferred structured and tactual materials. The PLS is a highly structured and tactual strategy for conveying information on any academic subject. Boyle and Dolle selected the topic of legal research for the PLS manuals. The empirical study contrasted how well law students learned legal research from traditional methods, such as classroom lecture with some visual aids, with how well they learned it with the PLS manuals. The findings were that students who used PLS manuals performed significantly better than those taught through traditional methods.

Suggested Citation

Boyle, Robin and Dolle, Lynne, Providing Structure to Law Students: Introducing the Programmed Learning Sequence as an Instructional Tool. ; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0113. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103963

Robin Boyle (Contact Author)

St. John's University - School of Law ( email )

8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
United States

Lynne Dolle

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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