Friday, June 6, 2014
Shima Baradaran (University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law) has posted Teaching Research Methods to Understand Business Crimes (Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2014) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In legal education, professors often wish to go beyond the black letter law to challenge students with unresolved legal questions. Professors’ main goal in the classroom — as effected through the Socratic method or otherwise — is to help students learn to think critically about these questions to arrive at reasonable and thoughtful answers. But what about the questions that require more than classroom discussion—those that demand the application of various accepted research methods such as surveys, data mining, experimentation, and the like — to analyze trends or behavior in hopes of finding acceptable solutions to hard questions? My remarks here discuss the idea of lifting the various research techniques professors often employ in scholarship and using those methods as a teaching tool to provide answers to important questions. Highlighting different approaches to answering a research question can be a unique pedagogical tool in the quest to help students learn to think critically and question the information they receive.