The Myth of the Teaching-Research Nexus

Legal Education Review, Volume 28, 2018

21 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2018

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Alex McKenzie

McClean, McKenzie & Topfer

Lynden Griggs

University of Tasmania

Rick Snell

University of Tasmania

Gary D. Meyers

University of Tasmania - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 9, 2018

Abstract

Much has been written about the teaching-research nexus. The view presented in this article is that this nexus is a myth, particularly in research led universities and, from our personal experience, research-led law schools. Arguably, metrics of research performance expectations, combined with other aspirations such as quality teaching and community service, prevent any meaningful opportunity for a research-led law school to connect students to the ongoing and current research of their mentors. This is particularly the case for staff involved in teaching compulsory units. This inability to connect the current research of staff with students is exacerbated by the continuing division, or at least separation, between the coalface of teaching, and the senior management elite of the University, and the removal of discipline leaders from within that elite.

Keywords: Teaching, Learning, Legal Education, Teaching Research Nexus, Managerialism

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

McKenzie, Alex and Griggs, Lynden and Snell, Rick Douglas and Meyers, Gary D., The Myth of the Teaching-Research Nexus (June 9, 2018). Legal Education Review, Volume 28, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3193496

Alex McKenzie

McClean, McKenzie & Topfer

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Lynden Griggs

University of Tasmania ( email )

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Australia

Rick Douglas Snell (Contact Author)

University of Tasmania ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.ricksnell.com.au

Gary D. Meyers

University of Tasmania - Faculty of Law ( email )

Private Bag 89
Hobart
Tasmania, 7001
Australia

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