Thursday, June 8, 2006

scholarship of teaching & learning

At the plenary session of the LWI conference, held over lunch today, 550 legal writing professors learned that much of the scholarship of our field from the last 20 years has a specific name:  the scholarship of teaching and learning.  We heard from Richard Gale, Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Daisy Hurst Floyd, Dean of the Mercer University School of Law, on the topic of Pedagogy, Practice, and Persuasion:  Legal Writing and the Case for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.  The speakers described this type of scholarship as the private act of teaching in the classroom made public via scholarship.  They encouraged the audience to identify a teaching problem, make observations about it, gather evidence, and then go public with it.

The process of this scholarship about teaching and learning was nicely put with the phrases:

"from seeing to asking"
"from knowing to showing"

It became quite obvious that it's time for legal writing professors to apply to be Carnegie scholars.


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