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Re-Imagining Practical Legal Training Practitioners – Soldiers for ‘Vocationalism’, or Double Agents?

Greaves,K 2014, Re-Imagining Practical Legal Training Practitioners – Soldiers for ‘Vocationalism’, or Double Agents?, Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, vol. 7, no. 1/2, pp. 101-118.

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Title Re-Imagining Practical Legal Training Practitioners – Soldiers for ‘Vocationalism’, or Double Agents?
Author(s) Greaves,K
Journal name Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association
Volume number 7
Issue number 1/2
Start page 101
End page 118
Publisher Australasian Law Teachers Association
Place of publication Sydney
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1836-5612
Summary I adopt a constructivist approach in order to study Australian PLT practitioners’ engagement with scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in institutional practical legal training (PLT). Drawing on Bourdieu’s reflexive sociology and Certeau’s heterological science, I argue PLT is enclosed by discursive operations that constrain PLT practitioners’ engagement with SoTL. I contend SoTL could address a knowledge gap in practice research in law and legal education. I propose to re-imagine PLT teaching work by conceptualising it as an emergent professional trajectory, engaged in practice research, teaching and learning. By considering ways in which structures are inscribed into legal education practice, and conversely, whether practice can modify such structures, I re-imagine PLT practitioners as double agents or resistance fighters, enriching legal education through SoTL as practice research.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education Systems not elsewhere classified
180119 Law and Society
180120 Legal Institutions (incl Courts and Justice Systems)
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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