Using Interculturally Aware Teaching Methods

Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas & Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, eds., 2015), Ch. 4, Sec. B.

UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2017-08

6 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2017 Last revised: 24 Aug 2017

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Steven K. Homer

University of New Mexico - School of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

Teaching interculturally was not addressed in BEST PRACTICES FOR LEGAL EDUCATION. Legal scholars have studied how legal pedagogy both reflects the values and approaches of dominant groups within legal academia (i.e., privileged white men), and also how these approaches to teaching can alienate students — such as women, students of color, and gender and sexually diverse students, among others — who do not share all of the dominant group’s traits. However, more research is required to help law teachers fully understand the extent to which the structures of legal education affect non-dominant groups and how legal education may be changed to address such impact.

This section explores why the use of interculturally aware teaching methods is a best practice for law teachers, and provides general suggestions for how to do so. The section below on intercultural effectiveness for lawyers and the preceding section on humanizing legal education provide more detailed suggestions relevant to using interculturally aware teaching methods.

Chapter 1 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637100

Chapter 2 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637068

Chapter 3 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637102

Chapter 4 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637490

Chapter 5 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637495

Chapter 6 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637499

Chapter 7 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637541

Chapter 8 is available at: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2637544

The content of this SSRN posting is material that was published in the book Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World, Maranville, et al., Lexis Nexis 2015. The content has been posted on SSRN with the express permission of Lexis Nexis and of Carolina Academic Press, publisher of the book as of January 1, 2016.

Suggested Citation

Homer, Steven K., Using Interculturally Aware Teaching Methods (2015). Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas & Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, eds., 2015), Ch. 4, Sec. B., UNM School of Law Research Paper No. 2017-08, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3024215

Steven K. Homer (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico - School of Law ( email )

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