Cooperation-Competition and Constructive Controversy in Developing Professional Ethics in Law School Classes
50 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2012 Last revised: 7 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 22, 2012
The purpose of this article is to present the evidence concerning the impact of cooperative and competitive learning as well as constructive controversy on the development of professional ethics by law students. In addition, cooperative learning and constructive controversy increase student achievement, build better relationships among students, and improve student psychological health. The theory underlying these practices and the research documenting their effectiveness will be covered. Finally, the problems with using competitive learning in both prelaw and law school classes are discussed.
Keywords: cooperation, competition, constructive controversy, legal education, professional ethics, professional formation, social psychology of legal education, cooperative learning
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