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Failure is Not an Option: An Essay on What Legal Educators Can Learn from Nasa's Signature Pedagogies to Improve Student Outcomes

19 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2010  

Lisa A. Tucker

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Christine Nero Coughlin

Wake Forest University - School of Law

Date Written: October 27, 2010

Abstract

The story of the Apollo 13 mission is just one of the many inspirational stories from the space program. As 2010 marks the anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, this essay honors NASA’s success during that mission by examining three of NASA’s signature training practices - simulation, teamwork, and optimism - and discussing how those practices could be used effectively in legal education to prepare students for the realities of practice.

Keywords: Pedagogy, legal education, NASA, space exploration, simulation, teamwork, optimism, training, professionalism

Suggested Citation

Tucker, Lisa A. and Coughlin, Christine Nero, Failure is Not an Option: An Essay on What Legal Educators Can Learn from Nasa's Signature Pedagogies to Improve Student Outcomes (October 27, 2010). Journal of Air Law and Commerce, 2010; Drexel University Earle Mack School of Law Research Paper No. 2010-A-14. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1698931

Lisa A. Tucker (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.drexel.edu/law/lisa-mcelroy.asp

Christine Nero Coughlin

Wake Forest University - School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
United States

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