Sunday, August 31, 2014

Using "actor network theory" to better train law students in legal research

If you want to know what "actor network theory" is and how it could possibly relate to the teaching of legal research, then you'll need to read Judith Lihosit's (U. San Diego Legal Research Center) new article entitled Breaking Down The Black Box: How Actor Network Theory Can Help Librarians Better Train Law Students In Legal Research Techniques available at 106 Law Libr. J. 211 (2014).  From the introduction:

The development of a pedagogy for the teaching of legal research would serve to both improve the quality of research instruction that law students receive and elevate the status of those providing that instruction within the legal academy. Actor network theory, a methodology that originated in the field of science studies to trace relations in the process of group formation, can assist librarians in the development of such a pedagogy and also help them to better understand how to position themselves as the experts best suited to the task of providing that instruction.


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