The Nexuses of Research and Teaching: University of Canberra Faculty of Law Case Study

22(2) Legal Education Review, 2012

Posted: 9 Dec 2012

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Sarah Ailwood

School of Law & Justice, University of Canberra

Patricia L. Easteal

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice

Maree T. Sainsbury

University of Canberra

Lorana Bartels

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

The University of Canberra (the University or UC) has adopted the signature theme of research-led education/teaching (RLE) for its courses and disciplines, as part of its overarching emphasis on ‘preparing professionals professionally.’ The aim is to equip both students and staff with the skills to thrive in a complex and changing environment. This paper looks at the aims of the University and discusses how the School of Law has implanted this signature theme. It is a process which illustrates the complex nature of the teaching-research nexus and the many different practices that may be considered as RLE. We consider first the justifications for RLE in undergraduate education and the methods, which might be used to emphasise benefits both to academic staff and to the student body. We then look at the various strategies adopted to encourage RLE. We conducted an audit of UC Law academics and report here on their RLE practices.

Keywords: Law teaching, research-led education, research and teaching nexuses

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Ailwood, Sarah and Easteal, Patricia L. and Sainsbury, Maree T. and Bartels, Lorana, The Nexuses of Research and Teaching: University of Canberra Faculty of Law Case Study (2012). 22(2) Legal Education Review, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2181779

Sarah Ailwood

School of Law & Justice, University of Canberra ( email )

University of Canberra
ACT
2602
Australia

Patricia L. Easteal (Contact Author)

University of Canberra - School of Law and Justice ( email )

Australia

Maree T. Sainsbury

University of Canberra ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Lorana Bartels

Australian National University (ANU) - ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods ( email )

Beryl Rawson Building (13)
Canberra, ACT 0200
Australia

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