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The importance of the local in a global age: a comparative analysis of networking strategies in postgraduate law research teaching

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Abstract


  • Research indicates that postgraduate research students, and particularly those researching in law,

    feel isolated socially and academically from one another, and from scholarly life. Postgraduate

    research students are now more globally connected because of technology. Yet opportunities

    to connect with colleagues locally, to share and reflect on research findings, methods and

    experiences are insufficient. This paper reports on the preliminary stages of a project led by legal

    and criminological scholars to establish a postgraduate student network that is interdisciplinary,

    interfaculty and cross institutional in structure with a specific focus on ‘crim*’ related studies

    including criminology, criminal law and criminal justice. The primary objective of the Network

    is to enhance student engagement with research cultures within and beyond their own faculties.

    The paper begins by considering the pedagogical issues around developing such a Network.

    An absence of research on postgraduate research pedagogy is noted, particularly research on

    group-based learning strategies. Drawing on existing educational literature, the authors identify

    six pedagogical grounds that may inform development of the Network: (i) skills acquisition,

    (ii) perseverance to completion, (iii) as adjunct to supervision, (iv) an additional site for

    learning, (v) socialisation and identity formation, and (vi) countering the disciplinary isolation

    and methodological limitations of the law. The second half of the paper reaches beyond the

    pedagogical literature and presents a survey of existing postgraduate research group strategies

    locally and internationally, particularly those directed at the learning needs of crim* students

    more specifically. The authors conclude that developing a crim* group that is pedagogically

    sound requires a reconceptualization of the broader pedagogical and institutional framing of

    postgraduate research education (particularly in law).

UOW Authors


  •   Steele, Linda
  •   Shackel, Rita (external author)
  •   Bell, Felicity J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • L. Roslyn. Steele, R. Shackel & F. Bell, 'The importance of the local in a global age: a comparative analysis of networking strategies in postgraduate law research teaching' (2012) 5 (1-2) Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association 1-13.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1161&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/157

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 13

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1-2

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.alta.edu.au/jalta.aspx

Abstract


  • Research indicates that postgraduate research students, and particularly those researching in law,

    feel isolated socially and academically from one another, and from scholarly life. Postgraduate

    research students are now more globally connected because of technology. Yet opportunities

    to connect with colleagues locally, to share and reflect on research findings, methods and

    experiences are insufficient. This paper reports on the preliminary stages of a project led by legal

    and criminological scholars to establish a postgraduate student network that is interdisciplinary,

    interfaculty and cross institutional in structure with a specific focus on ‘crim*’ related studies

    including criminology, criminal law and criminal justice. The primary objective of the Network

    is to enhance student engagement with research cultures within and beyond their own faculties.

    The paper begins by considering the pedagogical issues around developing such a Network.

    An absence of research on postgraduate research pedagogy is noted, particularly research on

    group-based learning strategies. Drawing on existing educational literature, the authors identify

    six pedagogical grounds that may inform development of the Network: (i) skills acquisition,

    (ii) perseverance to completion, (iii) as adjunct to supervision, (iv) an additional site for

    learning, (v) socialisation and identity formation, and (vi) countering the disciplinary isolation

    and methodological limitations of the law. The second half of the paper reaches beyond the

    pedagogical literature and presents a survey of existing postgraduate research group strategies

    locally and internationally, particularly those directed at the learning needs of crim* students

    more specifically. The authors conclude that developing a crim* group that is pedagogically

    sound requires a reconceptualization of the broader pedagogical and institutional framing of

    postgraduate research education (particularly in law).

UOW Authors


  •   Steele, Linda
  •   Shackel, Rita (external author)
  •   Bell, Felicity J. (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • L. Roslyn. Steele, R. Shackel & F. Bell, 'The importance of the local in a global age: a comparative analysis of networking strategies in postgraduate law research teaching' (2012) 5 (1-2) Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association 1-13.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1161&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/157

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 13

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 1-2

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.alta.edu.au/jalta.aspx