January 8, 2009
Berring Reflects on the Berring-Wrens Legal Research Teaching Debate
In Twenty Years On: The Debate Over Legal Research Instruction, Perspectives (Fall 2008), Bob Berring reflects on the debate over legal research teaching models that arose with the publication of Christopher G. Wren and Jill Robinson Wren's 1988 LLJ article The Teaching of Legal Research, 80 Law Libr. J. 7 and their book, The Legal Research Manual: A Game Plan for Legal Research and Analysis (1983) (2d. ed. 1986).
The debate between Berring and his colleague Kathleen Vanden Heuvel and the Wrens can be found in the following articles: (1) Robert C. Berring & Kathleen Vanden Heuvel, Legal Research: Should Students Learn It or Wing It?, 81 Law Libr. J. 431 (1989) and (2) Christopher G. Wren & Jill Robinson Wren, Reviving Legal Research: A Reply to Berring and Vanden Heuvel, 82 Law Libr. J.463 (1990).
Berring's Perspectives article is a personal reflection on the matter and an interesting one. [JH]
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