Meaningful Connectedness: A Foundation for Effective Legal Teaching

Christina Do, Aidan Ricciardo*

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Abstract

Teaching in higher education is complex – there is no singular method to being a successful educator given the many components of effective teaching. Through the lens of academic literature and the perspectives of four nationally acclaimed legal academics, whose teaching has been recognised through the Australian Awards for University Teaching (‘AAUT’), this paper explores the concept of effective legal teaching and the characteristics and approaches that make an engaging legal educator. Each of the four academics was interviewed, and analysis of their responses identified a recurrent theme – namely the importance of establishing meaningful connections with students as a basis for effective teaching. The benefits associated with the establishment of meaningful connections by academics with students in the teaching of law in higher education are identified and discussed in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-42
Number of pages39
JournalCurtin Law and Taxation Review
VolumeV
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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