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Storytelling: an alternative teaching methodology


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Slides for the presentation by Michael Blissenden (University of Western Sydney, Australia) at LILAC10.

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Storytelling: an alternative teaching methodology

  1. 1. Storytelling An Alternative Teaching Methodology
  2. 2. Teaching Methods <ul><li>Lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture and Tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar </li></ul><ul><li>Case Law Method </li></ul><ul><li>Other innovations?? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Storytelling <ul><li>Storytelling as a Teaching Method </li></ul><ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the pedagogical basis for Storytelling? </li></ul><ul><li>Whose stories? Teacher insights? </li></ul><ul><li>Student Stories? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Storytelling and Student Engagement <ul><li>Literature suggests a need to move away from teacher led instruction to student centred learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Student centred learning to emphasise learner activity rather than mere passive learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Attention to what lawyers do on a daily basis. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Innovative Teaching Method <ul><li>2007-2009 period I have used storytelling to teach Revenue Law. </li></ul><ul><li>Using Final Appellate Court decisions as the foundation for introducing students to the concept of legal stories. </li></ul><ul><li>Students see the legal decision by the presiding judge from the perspective of a story about the facts of the case. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What Cases to Use <ul><li>Final appellate decision – no furtehr avenue of review. </li></ul><ul><li>A case that has stood for a legal principle for a number of years. </li></ul><ul><li>Judicial decision has not been overturned through legislative action. </li></ul><ul><li>Students need to see the case from the perspective of binding legal authority. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Case Example <ul><li>The issue of a gift given in a personal friendship point of view (not assessable) and a gift given in relation to the provision of professional services (assessable). </li></ul><ul><li>Scott v FCT (1966) 117 CLR 514. </li></ul><ul><li>Full decision to be read. </li></ul><ul><li>Stduents to work in groups of 4-5. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Digging up information <ul><li>Groups were required to investigate beyond the facts stated in the reported appellate judgment. </li></ul><ul><li>Look to the background personal traits of the donor of the gift, including generous nature involving other payments to others. </li></ul><ul><li>See the human aspects of the matter and appreciate the point of view being expressed by the parties involved. </li></ul><ul><li>Use of the World Wide Web </li></ul>
  9. 9. Application across the Curriculum <ul><li>This teaching method used in conjunction with existing teaching approaches, mainly the case book method. </li></ul><ul><li>Use across the curriculum – common law subjects – deconstruct stories and provide a platform for particular points of view. </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects emphasising oral argument – use the facts to construct a story. </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects that emphasise clinical class setting – students can use the practical experience to reproduce stories told to them concerning the particular circumstances of their clients. </li></ul>