Repositioning lifelong learning in legal education

Babacan, Alperhan, and Babacan, Hurriyet (2018) Repositioning lifelong learning in legal education. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 20 (2). pp. 122-148.

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This paper examines the concept of lifelong learning in the provision of legal education in Australia, in an era where widening participation in legal education has resulted in the replacement of the legal curriculum based on intellectual enrichment to one that is predominantly skills driven and vocational in nature. Following a critical review of the context and scope of current approaches to lifelong learning in legal education in Australia, the paper demonstrates that, while widening participation in legal education continues to provide the key skills necessary for lifelong learning, the emphasis on vocationalism results in the concept of lifelong learning being treated as a subset of generic law graduate attributes. As a consequence of such a categorisation, motivation for continued learning following graduation as a key dimension of lifelong learning is overlooked. The adoption of transformative pedagogies to enhance student motivation for lifelong learning in legal education is advanced. Focusing on critical reflection, dialogue and experiential learning, teaching and learning strategies are suggested to enhance motivation for lifelong learning so that wider participation in Australian law schools is also accompanied by more effective pedagogies to encourage lifelong learning.

Item ID: 52771
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2045-2713
Keywords: legal education, lifelong learning, student motivation, widening participation
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2018 00:37
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390399 Education systems not elsewhere classified @ 60%
48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4804 Law in context > 480409 Legal education @ 40%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930199 Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified @ 60%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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