Give Me a Fish or Teach Me to Fish? Developing Law Students’ Capacity for Lifelong Learning
Give me a fish or teach me to fish? Developing law students’ capacity for lifelong learning” (2012) 37(4) Alternative Law Journal 259-263.
6 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 7, 2013
In addition to death and taxes, change and growth in bodies of knowledge are the new certainties in life. It is therefore imperative that law graduates are able to continually update and expand their knowledge. However, while the terminology of ‘lifelong learning’ has been adopted by law schools around Australia, there is less evidence of concrete action to develop among students the skills they will need to be lifelong learners. This article begins to de-mystify the concept of ‘lifelong learning’ for legal academics and provides concrete examples of how students’ capacity to engage in self-directed learning and to organize their knowledge throughout their professional careers can be developed in law school.
Keywords: Lifelong learning, law students, legal education, self-direction, organising knowledge, teaching ‘learning-to-learn’ skills
JEL Classification: K10
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