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  • Transactional learning is active learning, not passive. In that sense, we want students to be involved in activities within legal actions, rather than standing back from the actions and merely learning about them. transactional learning goes beyond learning about legal actions to learning from legal actions we aim to give them experience of legal transactions. Transactional learning involves thinking about transactions. It includes the ability to rise above detail, and "helicopter" above a transaction; or the ability to disengage oneself from potentially damaging views of the group process, and re-construct that view Students are valuable resources for each other. Collaborative learning breaks down the isolation and alienation of what might be regarded as isolated or cellular learning. There is of course a place for individual learning, silent study, and the like. But students can help each other enormously to understand legal concepts and procedures by discussing issues, reviewing actions in a group, giving peer feedback on work undertaken in the group, and so on. And perhaps what is even more important is that they begin to trust each other to carry out work that is important. In other words, students begin to learn how to leverage knowledge amongst themselves, and to trust each other’s developing professionality (learning about know-who, know-why, as well as know-what within the firm). Often, we have found, if there are firms that are not producing good work or keeping to deadlines, it is because they do not know how to work together effectively; and this often arises from a lack of trust. Transactional learning ought to be based on a more holistic approach. Allowing students to experience the whole transaction- and all the different parts- not just the actual procedure but how this may affect the client and how you may have to report this to the client. Transactional learning of necessity draws upon ethical learning and professional standards. There are many examples of how students have had to face ethical situations within the environment – some are ones where we have created a situation with an ethical issue- others have arisen unexpectedly. E.g mandate example ( if time) 7 & 8: Students are taking part in a sophisticated process that involves taking on the role of a professional lawyer within the confines of the virtual town and firm. In order to enhance the learning experience they must be immersed in the role play- and to do that they must be undertaking authentic tasks. Research suggests that when students are involved with online environment similar to the virtual village- that these authentic settings have the capability to motivate and encourage learner participation by facilitating students ‘willing suspension of disbelief’. This allows them to become immersed in the setting.
  • Kobe, Session 8, Sim & Professional Learning

    1. 1. Simulation and professional learning: three case studies Professor Paul Maharg Glasgow Graduate School of Law
    2. 2. Transforming Legal Education: four key themes
    3. 3. presentation <ul><li>Three case studies: </li></ul><ul><li>The Law Society of Scotland: development of professionalism in legal education </li></ul><ul><li>Specialist accreditation, Scottish solicitors, Edinburgh, Scotland. </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel Webster Scholars Honours programme, Franklin Pierce Law School, New Hampshire, US. </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>L ittle effective consideration of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>what professional education is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what other professions are doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what other jurisdictions were doing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>there are no learning outcomes for DLP </li></ul><ul><li>DLP c urriculum has become a puzzling amalgam of topics </li></ul><ul><li>there is no clear concept of linkage between LLB, DLP, traineeship, CPD </li></ul><ul><li>N o linkage of professional standards on DLP to Society’s professional standards, except where developed locally </li></ul><ul><li>R egulatory relationship is still fuzzy. Which model will be adopted? Top-down, detailed monitoring, as per SRA in England & Wales? An alternative? If so, what? </li></ul>t he past deficits: Law Society 1
    5. 5. <ul><li>L ittle effective consideration of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>what professional education is </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what other professions are doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what other jurisdictions were doing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>u nacceptable variation in teaching, learning, assessment standards between DLP providers </li></ul><ul><li>DLP curriculum was made sense of locally by providers, who were, historically, given wide latitude by the Society; but there was almost no educational planning across providers </li></ul><ul><li>little sharing of resources, no sense of effective practice across centres, no agreed performance standards </li></ul><ul><li>little linkage with LLB or traineeship </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship with Society unclear </li></ul>t he past deficits: DLP providers 1
    6. 6. <ul><li>New curriculum structure, with a fresh approach to teaching, learning, assessment that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>has professionalism as its core </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is much more flexible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>c onstantly learns from other professions & jurisdictions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B uilds local strength on jurisdictional knowledge, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>C onstructs a national community and community standards: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>based around transactional learning, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>with the concept of professionalism at the core, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>f ounded on the values of ethical practice as defined by the profession, & as a nalysed by profession and schools, </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a nd aligned with, yet critical of, legal practice in the field </li></ul></ul></ul>w hat’s being proposed by the Society re PEAT 1? 1
    7. 7. <ul><li>Knowledge, skills, values, attitudes need embedded in a context if students are to understand & practice, but… </li></ul><ul><li> Inside-school reform needs to begin with outside-school reform </li></ul><ul><li>PEAT 1 cannot succeed unless the context of the programme is changed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A radical example: US school education … </li></ul></ul>w hy ? The key rule… 1
    8. 8. Berliner, D.C. (2006) Our impoverished view of educational reform. Teachers College Record , http://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentID=12106 poverty & school education in the USA Childhood poverty rates in rich countries (innocenti Foundation, UNICEF 2005)
    9. 9. http://www.highscope.org/index.asp long-term educational tracking 1
    10. 10. 1. core professionalism values 1
    11. 11. <ul><li>Throughout the programme a student should demonstrate a commitment to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The interests of justice and democracy in society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effective and competent legal services on behalf of a client </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing professional education and personal development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diversity and public service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal integrity and civility towards colleagues, clients and the courts </li></ul></ul>s ample Professionalism learning outcome 1
    12. 12. s ample Professionalism learning outcome 1 Outcome Positive indicator Negative indicator 5. Personal integrity and civility towards colleagues, clients and the courts Is honest with all others on the course; relates to colleagues on the programme with civility; treats tutors, administrative staff and others with respect. Exhibits traits of arrogance, intemperate behaviour, mismanagement of own affairs; lies to colleagues or programme personnel; plagiarises work; adopts the work of others as own work; is abusive or contemptuous towards colleagues or programme personnel.
    13. 13. <ul><li>From a spiration to implementation </li></ul>1. core professionalism values 1
    14. 14. transactional learning… <ul><li>Transactional learning: </li></ul><ul><li>active learning </li></ul><ul><li>through performance in authentic transactions </li></ul><ul><li>involving reflection in & on learning, </li></ul><ul><li>deep collaborative learning , and </li></ul><ul><li>holistic or process learning, </li></ul><ul><li>with relevant professional assessment </li></ul><ul><li>that includes ethical standards </li></ul>1
    15. 15. <ul><li>‘ We found that UCSF, School of Medicine students who received comments regarding unprofessional behaviour were more than twice as likely to be disciplined by the Medical Board of California when they become practicing physicians than were students without such comments. The more traditional measures of medical school performance, such as grades and passing scores on national standardized tests, did not identify students who later had disciplinary problems as practicing physicians’. </li></ul><ul><li>Papadakis, M. et al (2004) Unprofessional behaviour in medical school is associated with subsequent disciplinary action by a state medical board, Academic Medicine , 79, 244-79 </li></ul>e vidence on professionalism from medical education 1
    16. 16. <ul><li>We need new models, new approaches, new curricula that enable students to prepare for the professional life by starting to live it. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>T he learning / trust matrix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standardised Client Initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The CHAT framework </li></ul></ul>new tools and curriculum models 1
    17. 17. t ools for teaching Professionalism: the CHAT framework Basic mediational triangle (after Engerström) 1
    18. 18. T ools for teaching Professionalism: the CHAT framework Engeström’s social model of mediational activity 1
    19. 19. T ools for teaching Professionalism: the CHAT framework Authentic performance in early music 1
    20. 20. T ools for teaching Professionalism: the CHAT framework Mediational activity in transactional learning, using simulation (after Engerström)
    21. 21. <ul><li>Re Society … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting annual workshop / conference on legal education (Foundation, PEAT 1, 2, CPD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Donating small funds for development of innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Re PEAT 1 community of practice… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review through enhanced external examiner scheme (no new level of bureaucracy) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web dissemination of good practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partnering in funding bids for innovative practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disseminating internationally the work of PEAT 1 providers </li></ul></ul>four initiatives for a community of practice…
    22. 22. <ul><li>Re PEAT 1 materials creation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>W e create materials for the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>W e plan processes, content, common structures, common deadlines, licence structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We share electives or swap them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Re sharing PEAT 1 resources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We share unilaterally where we can </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>W e charge maintenance fees where we must </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We maintain common standards of outcomes via shared experiences in Exam Boards & workshops. </li></ul></ul>four initiatives for a community of practice…
    23. 23. <ul><li>Today! </li></ul><ul><li>O ur community of practice website: www.peat1.org </li></ul>… starting with ...
    24. 24. Specialist accreditation <ul><li>Eg Law Institute of Victoria, Australia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.cpd.liv.asn.au/pdf/specialists/2009PropertyAppGuidelines.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eg Signet Accreditation, Scotland </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.thewssociety.co.uk/accreditation/index.asp?cat=Home </li></ul></ul>2
    25. 25. ‘ proficiency…?’ <ul><li>&quot;… proficiently…&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>The word signifies &quot;Level 4 - Proficient&quot; in the following model of competence devised by Dreyfus and Dreyfus (1986): </li></ul><ul><li>1 Level 1 - Novice </li></ul><ul><li>Level 2 - Advanced Beginner </li></ul><ul><li>Level 3 - Competent </li></ul><ul><li>Level 4 - Proficient </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See situations holistically rather than in terms of aspects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See what is most important in a situation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Perceive deviations from the normal pattern </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Effect less laboured decision-making </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use maxims for guidance, whose meaning varies according to the situation. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 5 - Expert </li></ul>2
    26. 26. final years, JD – Bar exam exemption <ul><li>Daniel Webster Scholars Honours programme, Franklin Pierce Law School, New Hampshire, US. </li></ul><ul><li>Replaces Bar Exam with a capstone course. </li></ul><ul><li>Capstone course could be extended into qualification </li></ul>3
    27. 27. contact details <ul><li>SIMPLE: http://simplecommunity.org </li></ul><ul><li>These slides & resources at: ht t p:// </li></ul><ul><li>Email addresses: paul.maharg@strath.ac.uk </li></ul>

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