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Evaluating the effectiveness of problem-based learning as a method of engaging year one law students

Clough, Joanne and Shorter, Gillian (2015) Evaluating the effectiveness of problem-based learning as a method of engaging year one law students. The Law Teacher, 49 (3). pp. 277-302. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2015.1011926

DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2015.1011926


The focus of this paper is a critical assessment of the effectiveness of a problem based learning exercise introduced to increase student engagement within a year one, core law degree module at Northumbria University. Problem based learning as a teaching method was developed by medical schools in the US and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s and has steadily grown in popularity, particularly within law schools. By presenting students with a reality based problem, and requiring students to resolve that problem in teams, they should find an increased motivation to learn. This paper explores the rationale behind the use of problem based learning as a means of engaging students and will outline how the project was designed and implemented into the curriculum. Although both students and lecturers verbally reported an improvement in confidence and an increase in engagement, formal student perceptions were obtained through the use of an evaluation questionnaire. The paper details a full breakdown of the survey, which covers not only issues relating to student engagement but also student perceptions of group work and skills acquired.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Problem based learning Law students Motivation Student engagement Learning and Teaching
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Psychology Research Institute > Psychotraumatology, Mental Health & Suicidal Behaviour
Psychology Research Institute
ID Code:37355
Deposited By: Mrs Joanne Clough
Deposited On:10 Apr 2017 10:32
Last Modified:10 Apr 2017 10:32

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