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ERIC Number: ED359907
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 286
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An Evaluation of Experiential Teaching/Learning Methods--In a Professional Legal Training Course.
Downs, Sylvester Ronald
This study uses an adaptation of the Illuminative Evaluation method in examining experiential learning through a case study of its application in practical legal training. The study's prime focus is on the experiential learning method known as the "current matter" process as conducted by the College of Law, Sydney (Australia). This teaching method is described, then examined as a method of simulating actual occurrences within legal practice. The study's report also identifies problems associated with a holistic approach to research and provides insight into the nature of postgraduate law students in New South Wales and their adaptation to experiential learning in relation to legal matters. Finally, the study offers an effective working definition of experiential learning. Besides an evaluation of the appropriateness of experiential learning within this academic course, evaluation results are also presented in terms of student motivation; their attitudes to employment, competence, and learning; and improvements in student learning. Appendices include selected materials involved in the implementation of the research project including the student entry profile questionnaire, examples of students' tests and individual student results, and a sample of the research questionnaire. Contains 81 references. (GLR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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