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ERIC Number: EJ996143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Step Away from the Syllabus: Engaging Students on the First Day of Legal Environment
Koval, Michael R.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v30 n1 p179-194 Mar 2013
Many instructors have fallen into the syllabus habit of the first day, and students have come to expect nothing more. While reviewing the syllabus is important, it is not all that engaging for either the instructor or the students. In this article, the author establishes the pedagogical importance of the first day of class experience through the perspectives of instructor objectives and student expectations. Next, he provides the "Bistro 24" Activity ("Activity") built upon this foundation (with some help from Jack Bauer). Then, he sets forth the class methodology, including the learning objectives, teaching notes, and potential alternative uses of the Activity. He also provides an overview of student feedback about the Activity based on a student survey. Finally, he provides a conclusion that considers the success of the Activity based on its learning objectives. (Contains 1 table and 41 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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