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Is Mazur the new Langdell? The strange trajectory of interactive law teaching


Bartie, S, Is Mazur the new Langdell? The strange trajectory of interactive law teaching, Legal Studies, 37, (3) pp. 520-542. ISSN 0261-3875 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/lest.12164


This paper examines the cross fertilisation of ideas about interactive teaching from law to physics and back again. In particular it considers the origin, legacy and merits of Langdell’s teaching model and the way it has been used by a physics professor, Eric Mazur, to support arguments for what is commonly known as the ‘flipped classroom’. It examines the similarities and differences between Langdell’s and Mazur’s approaches and the adoption by some law teachers of Mazur’s model. It also considers how this phenomenon bares out a thesis advanced by educationalist Lee Shulman that when it comes to teaching, both professional and liberal disciplines are pursuing many of the same ends. Finally it considers the implications of adopting Mazur’s approach for the discipline of law and issues some words of caution.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Langdell, teaching, Mazur, Lee Shulman
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Public law not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bartie, S (Dr Susan Bartie)
ID Code:116328
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2017-05-05
Last Modified:2018-05-15

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