Hopeful perspectives: incorporating hope theory in Australian law students' academic experience

Holland, Claire, and Taylor, Donnalee (2019) Hopeful perspectives: incorporating hope theory in Australian law students' academic experience. In: Marychurch, Judith, and Sifris, Adiva, (eds.) Wellness for Law: making wellness core business. LexisNexis. (In Press)

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The graduate landscape paints an austere outlook for law students with the ultra-competitive legal market fluctuating in its need for graduate lawyers. Given that students are enrolling in law degrees in a fast-paced changing world, it is important for universities to consider how students' studies, academic achievements and career skills building might be impacted by how they are thinking and feeling about their future. How students feel about and perceive their future affects their level of hope and subsequently their wellbeing. 'Hope' is defined as an individual’s positive motivational state and perceived capability to plan and seek pathways to meet their desired goals. This review will consider evidence from the fields of positive psychology, first- year experience in higher education, alternative dispute resolution, and teaching and learning pedagogy in order to examine how certain characteristics of the student experience relates to individual hope. The implications for future research in the field of hope theory, specifically in law student populations, and how hope theory can be utilised to inform teaching practices are discussed.

Item ID: 60515
Item Type: Book Chapter (Scholarly Work)
ISBN: 978-0-409-35098-2
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2019 02:02
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