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Saturday, January 22, 2011

AALS Poster Project: Chrstine Rollins' Do you know the learning-style preferences of your law students?

Christine Rollins presented the poster Do you know the learning-style preferences of your law students?(Download Rollins Poster):

Rollins Poster(1)

Professor Rollins is the Director of Legal Research and Writing at the St. Louis University School of Law, a position that she has held since 2007.  According to the St. Louis University School of Law website, she 

implemented a unique teaching program that assists professors in their teaching based on their students’ learning style. It was because of this program that Professor Rollins and SLU LAW was cited by The National Jurist as being named one of the “Most Innovative Law Schools.” 

In addition to her academic duties, Rollins has successfully argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District and the Supreme Court of Missouri, successfully prosecuting ten appellate cases. Her articles include:

-In Forma Pauperis, Sec. 514.040: A Practical User's Guide for Attorneys, 66 Journal of the Missouri Bar 146 (May/June 2010);

-Statutory Assistance for Attorneys Providing Pro Bono Services, 60 Journal of the Missouri Bar 112 (May/June 2004); and 

-Using the VARK: A Writing Department's Commitment to "Turning the Light Bulbs On," 22 The Second Draft 13 (Spring 2008).

Professor Rollins gives the following description of the poster:

Four years of data collection and empirical research have been done on the different learning styles of first year law students.  Over 1100 students at Saint Louis University School of Law have taken a learning style assessment tool created by Neil Fleming called V.A.R.K.  From this data trends have emerged.  This poster provides a summary of some of the research. 

Faculty interested in teaching pedagogy, reaching their students, or just knowing more about how the students in their classroom absorb information will find this interesting. 



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