CARVER Anne Rosamunde

Research Projects

  • Film the Law Students and the School of Law : Reflections on a 4-Year Undergraduate Degree
  • MCCONVILLE Michael James, CARVER Anne Rosamunde, SHIVE Glenn Landes (Educational Administration & Policy), MCNAUGHT Carmel Marie (Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research)
    1 October 2006
    Teaching Development Grants for 05-08 Triennium

    Legal education is multifaceted academic and professional training and, since 2004, the undergraduate LLB programme has become a four-year undergraduate programme.

    As a result of the Report of the consultants on legal education and training in Hong Kong: a preliminary review in August 2002, a four-year curriculum was introduced and educational providers were invited to redesign their programmes in order to give students an expanded view of the world, enrich their general education, in addition to providing them with professional knowledge and skills.

    With its innovative new curriculum and its first intake of students in September 2006, the new School of Law at CUHK is concerned to develop appropriate Teaching Quality Assurance mechanisms, and associated staff and student development materials. The School also wishes to reflect upon divergent approaches to learning, to enrich the interpretation of the Student Engagement Questionnaire (SEQ) and other questionnaires within the University, and to provide feedback for curriculum design in future years.

    The Film of the law students is the first part of a four-year longitudinal study of the first intake of LLB students, the class of 2010. We shall film interviews with 10 law students in October 2006 and May 2007 and May 2008; film interviews with six law teachers in December 2006: and film an interview with Professor Paul Redmond, the lead Consultant to The legal education and training in Hong Kong: a preliminary review and a Visiting Professor in the School of Law 2006-2009.

    The School of Law regards the power of visual materials as a major tool in reflecting upon processes, development and outcomes (Fuery & Fuery, 2003). The video documentary A private universe produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in 1987 is an interesting earlier model of the advantages of filming students for student learning and outcomes; this project forms a precedent for this approach and lends support to the current application.

    Curriculum design in law has, not surprisingly, sought an evidence base (Olgoff, J.R.P., Lyon, D. R., Dougles, K.S., & Rose V. G., 2000). This film will also contribute a unique perspective to current research on the culture and value systems of law students (Sheldon & Krieger, 2004; Allen & Baron, 2004) in general, and in Hong Kong in particular. (LL06465)

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