Conceptualising, developing and assessing critical thinking in law

James, Nickolas, Hughes, Clair and Cappa, Clare (2010) Conceptualising, developing and assessing critical thinking in law. Teaching in Higher Education, 15 3: 285-297. doi:10.1080/13562511003740858

Author James, Nickolas
Hughes, Clair
Cappa, Clare
Title Conceptualising, developing and assessing critical thinking in law
Journal name Teaching in Higher Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-2517
Publication date 2010-06
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13562511003740858
Volume 15
Issue 3
Start page 285
End page 297
Total pages 13
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
180199 Law not elsewhere classified
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Formatted abstract
'Critical thinking' is commonly included in the lists of graduate attributes (GAs), which all Australian universities are now required to develop and implement. That efforts to do so have met with limited success is due to a range of factors including inconsistent or naive conceptualisations, the failure to explicitly develop or assess GAs, and the persistence of 'signature' disciplinary practices. This paper describes the design and implementation of a law course in which the development and assessment of critical thinking were core objectives. Key features of the course included an operational conceptualisation of 'critical legal thinking', the development of closely aligned teaching and learning activities, and an aligned, coherent and innovative assessment programme. An evaluation of the first iteration of the course identified a number of successful outcomes as well as implications for ongoing course development.
© 2010 Taylor & Francis.
Keyword Critical thinking
Graduate attributes
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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