Friday, June 18, 2010
Howard Wasserman poses an interesting question over at Prawfs: are law students on board with the supposedly pro-student reforms suggested by the Carnegie Report (and others.) It turns out that many law students grouse when you add additional components to the course (and the final grade.) My colleague Emily Zimmerman has done some very interesting empirical work on just this point in a new piece titled What Do Law Students Want?
My own sense is that the majority of students prefer the high stakes final over multiple component grading. That doesn't mean it's the best pedagogy, but it does suggest that curricular reform may come with some unexpected blowback.
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