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

Clough, Joanne and Shorter, Gillian W. (2015) Evaluating the effectiveness of problem-based learning as a method of engaging year one law students. The Law Teacher, 49 (3). pp. 227-302. ISSN 0306-9400

[img] Microsoft Word (This version differs slightly from final published version.)
PBL_ARTICLE_FINAL_v.2.doc

Download (119kB)
[img]
Preview
PDF (This version differs slightly from final published version.)
PBL_ARTICLE_FINAL_v.2.pdf - Other

Download (164kB) | Preview
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2015.1011926

Abstract

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. Presenting students with a reality-based problem, and requiring students to resolve that problem in teams, should mean that students 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 in 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: Article
Additional Information: Published online 3rd July 2015.
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Joanne Clough
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 09:52
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 01:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23313

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics


Policies: NRL Policies | NRL University Deposit Policy | NRL Deposit Licence