Interaction and Diversity in the Australian Law Classroom

Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education, M Davis & A Goody (Eds.), Vol. 39, pp 127-136, July 2016

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2016-59

12 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2016

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Mark Israel

The University of Western Australia Law School

Natalie Skead

The University of Western Australia Law School

Mary Heath

Flinders University - School of Law

Anne Hewitt

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Kate Galloway

Bond University; James Cook University

Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: July 4, 2016

Abstract

Recognition of increased diversity within Australian legal education means law teachers have to respond to a broader variety of student needs, both at a macro level in admissions and curriculum planning and at a micro level through learning and teaching. Australian law schools have spent the last decade addressing the macro level rather than exploring the needs of the micro. This paper draws on Goffman’s ideas of how people engage in a ‘quiet sorting’ of others according to various attributes to outline strategies for creating and maintaining learning spaces that welcome and engage with diversity.

Keywords: Student Diversity, Student-Teacher Interaction, Legal Education

Suggested Citation

Israel, Mark and Skead, Natalie and Heath, Mary and Hewitt, Anne and Galloway, Kate and Steel, Alex, Interaction and Diversity in the Australian Law Classroom (July 4, 2016). Research and Development in Higher Education: The Shape of Higher Education, M Davis & A Goody (Eds.), Vol. 39, pp 127-136, July 2016; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2016-59. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2834571

Mark Israel (Contact Author)

The University of Western Australia Law School ( email )

M253
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

Natalie Skead

The University of Western Australia Law School ( email )

M253
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley, Western Australia 6009
Australia

Mary Heath

Flinders University - School of Law ( email )

Adelaide S.A. 5001
Australia

Anne Hewitt

University of Adelaide - School of Law ( email )

Ligertwood Building
Adelaide 5005, South Australia SA 5005
Australia

Kate Galloway

Bond University ( email )

Gold Coast, QLD 4229
Australia

James Cook University ( email )

Cairns, Queensland 4878
Australia

Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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