Reading Law: Motivating Digital Natives to 'Do the Reading'

Liesel Spencer and Elen Seymour, 'Reading Law: Motivating Digital Natives to 'Do the Reading' (2013) 23(1&2) Legal Education Review 177-200.

25 Pages Posted: 29 Jul 2014

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Liesel Spencer

Western Sydney University, School of Law

Elen Seymour

Western Sydney University, School of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

It is a 'truth universally acknowledged' that a sizeable proportion of university students, including law students, do not complete the prescribed reading load. The current generation of law students is largely comprised of 'digital natives', who because of their lifelong immersion in technology, prefer to receive information fast, to parallel process and to multi-task. Reading is still of pedagogical, professional and institutional importance, and it is part of the role of the law teacher to motivate students to read. A self-reinforcing 'virtuous circle' can be achieved if we set a reading load in a format and content compatible with the digital natives’ learning preferences, check they have read it, align set reading with teaching and assessment, reward students for doing the reading, and impose consequences for not doing the reading.

Keywords: Legal Education; Motivation: Reading; Digital Natives; Blended Learning

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Spencer, Liesel and Seymour, Elen R., Reading Law: Motivating Digital Natives to 'Do the Reading' (2013). Liesel Spencer and Elen Seymour, 'Reading Law: Motivating Digital Natives to 'Do the Reading' (2013) 23(1&2) Legal Education Review 177-200.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2473448

Liesel Spencer (Contact Author)

Western Sydney University, School of Law ( email )

Locked Bag 1797
Penrith, NSW 2751
Australia

Elen R. Seymour

Western Sydney University, School of Law ( email )

Australia

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