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ERIC Number: EJ873384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Taking the Long View
Bennett, Robert B., Jr.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v27 n1 p163-170 Win-Spr 2010
Legal studies faculty need to take the long view in their academic and professional lives. Taking the long view would seem to be a cliched piece of advice, but too frequently legal studies faculty, like their students, get focused on meeting the next short-term hurdle--getting through the next class, grading the next stack of papers, making it through the next advising appointment, making the next conference paper deadline, or making it through the next committee meeting. Although all of these hurdles are an inseparable part of the academic endeavor legal studies faculty have chosen for themselves, they often distract faculty from taking the long view--thinking about what is really important in their academic and professional lives. The author contends that if legal studies faculty take the long view, it should inform their approach to teaching and pedagogy. Their pedagogy should be directed at facilitating long-term student learning, including long-term personal development and retention of critical content knowledge in the areas of law and ethics. Moreover, they ought to be developing in their students an appreciation of the importance of lifelong learning. The author suggests the faculty to pay attention to the research on learning and student characteristics, which ought to affect their classroom activities and assignments. (Contains 16 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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