Tuesday, April 11, 2017

What Did They Know and When Did They Know it? Pretesting and Assessing Learning Outcomes by Jeffrey Lynch Harrison

What Did They Know and When Did They Know it? Pretesting and Assessing Learning Outcomes by Jeffrey Lynch Harrison.

Abstract

"Are legal rules intuitive or, at least, consistent with common sense? In this study, 260 law students at five law schools who had not taken contract law, were presented with eight questions based on specific contracts cases or common contracts issues. They were asked what they felt was the fair or right answer to each question and to formulate the rule they would apply. The purposes of the study were to 1) determine whether contract law is what the untrained person believes it is or should be and 2) experiment with a strategy of pretesting to determine what topics within any course deserve special attention during a semester."

(Scott Fruehwald)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2017/04/what-did-they-know-and-when-did-they-know-it-pretesting-and-assessing-learning-outcomes-by-.html

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Comments

Interesting article. I think a statistical modeling of the data analysis would also be helpful. For example, the sample did not take contracts class but how did their other courses impact their answers? A control for that variable would be good.

Posted by: Greg Bordelon | Apr 11, 2017 6:45:43 PM

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