Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Scholarship alert: "Enhancing Law School Success: A Study of Goal Orientations, Academic Achievement and the Declining Self-Efficacy of our Law Students"
Not legal writing per se, but authored by legal writing prof Leah M. Christensen and found at 33 Law & Psychol. Rev 57 (2009). From the introduction:
I have long been interested in how the most successful law students learn. For the top law students, do they innately possess superior skills or can we teach law students the skills and strategies that will contribute to their success? What motivates law students to learn? During the last two decades, psychologists have been using achievement goal theory as a framework with which to examine the relationship between achievement goals and student success. Achievement goal theory examines the goals that students pursue in an academic setting. The current psychological research suggests that there is a correlation between achievement goal motivation (i.e., why a student wants to learn) and a student's overall success. Dr. Carol Dweck, an expert in achievement goal theory, describes the differences in goal orientations as follows:
Individuals may strive for high grades for quite different reasons. They may seek high grades in order to prove that they are intelligent or as an index of learning or mastery of the material. In this approach, these two aims - seeking to prove one's competence versus seeking to improve one's competence - represent two qualitatively different classes of goals (performance goals vs. learning goals, respectively) and, as such, would be expected to have different patterns of behavior-cognition-affect attending their pursuit.
I am the scholarship dude.