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Affect and Legal Education: Emotion in learning and teaching the law

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ISBN13: 9781409410263
Published: November 2011
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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The place of emotion in legal education is rarely discussed or analysed, and we do not have to seek far for the reasons. The difficulty of interdisciplinary research, the technicisation of legal education itself, the view that affect is irrational and antithetical to core western ideals of rationality - all this has made the subject of emotion in legal education invisible. Yet the educational literature on emotion proves how essential it is to student learning and to the professional lives of teachers. This text, the first full-length book study of the subject, seeks to make emotion a central topic of research for legal educators, and restore the power of emotion in our teaching and learning. Part 1 focuses on the contribution that neuroscience can make to legal learning, a theme that is carried through other chapters in the book. Part 2 explores the role of emotion in the working lives of academics and clinical staff, while Part 3 analyses the ways in which emotion can be used in learning and teaching. The book, interdisciplinary and wide-ranging in its reference, breaks new ground in its analysis of the educational lifeworld of situations, communities, actors and interactions in legal education.

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General Interest
Part 1 Affect, Legal Education and Neuroscience: Why study emotion?, Caroline Maughan
Learning and the brain 0150 an overview, Richard Roche
Enhancing self-control: insights from neuroscience, Lorraine Boran and David Delany.
Part 2 Affect and Legal Education: Can litigators let go? The role of the practitioner-supervisors, Sara Chandler
Instead of a career: work, art and love in university law schools, Anthony Bradney
What do academics think and feel about quality?, Chris Maguire.
Part 3 Affect and Learning: From Socrates to Damasio, from Langdell to Kandel: the role of emotion in modern legal education, Alan M. Lerner
Legal understanding and the affective imagination, Maksymilian Del Mar
What students care about and why we should care, Graham Ferris and Rebecca Huxley-Binns
The body in (e)motion: thinking through embodiment in legal education, Julian Webb
Developing professional character - trust, values and learning, Karen Barton and Fiona Westwood
Addressing emotions in preparing ethical lawyers, Nigel Duncan
Space, absence, silence: the intimate dimensions of legal learning, Paul Maharg