ERIC Number: EJ1100682
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Note Taking on Trial: A Legal Application of Note-Taking Research
Kiewra, Kenneth A.
Educational Psychology Review, v28 n2 p377-384 Jun 2016
This article is about note taking, but it is not an exhaustive review of note-taking literature. Instead, it portrays the application of note-taking research to an unusual and important area of practice--the law. I was hired to serve as an expert witness on note taking in a legal case that hinged, in part, on the completeness and accuracy of handwritten meeting notes. Based on my own research and that of others, I rendered three opinions about handwritten notes: (a) They omit most of what is said, (b) they omit details, context, and essential qualifiers, and (c) they contain inaccuracies or vague statements. This article tells the story of how I came to investigate note taking, become an expert witness, and render those three opinions. It concludes with a call to investigate note taking in non-academic settings such as meetings and to uncover ways to boost and improve note-taking methods.
Descriptors: Notetaking, Handwriting, Expertise, Court Litigation, Accuracy, Ambiguity (Semantics), Meetings
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