Professor Ben Madison Presents on Self-Directedness

On February 17, 2018, Professor Ben Madison traveled to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to attend a workshop hosted by the Holloran Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.  The workshop was designed to develop rubrics to help professors evaluate students’ progress in a variety of competencies related to professional identity.

Professor Madison's working group, which includes Neil Hamilton of St. Thomas, Kendall Kerew and Nicolle Iannarone of Georgia State University College of Law, Ann Nowak of Touro Law School, Rupa Bhandari of Santa Clara University School of Law, and Susan Fine of George Washington School of Law, has been working on self-directedness. The group is developing rubrics on elements of self-directedness, which starts with self-awareness and a willingness to receive feedback.

Other working groups at the workshop included ones on professionalism, cultural competence, integrity, and teamwork/collaboration.  Over the past year, these working groups have developed rubrics, benchmarks, and other teaching tools for professors who want to teach elements of professional identity training.  The purpose of the workshop was to allow participants to present their materials and receive feedback.  The working groups are now moving toward putting the materials in final form so that others may benefit from them.

“These working groups are doing some of the most cutting-edge work in legal education,” said Madison. “Dean Gantt and I are integrating some of the materials already in our school's first-year Foundations of Practice course.   The collaboration with other faculty seeking to help students develop professional competencies has been invaluable to our efforts.”

Read more about self-directedness from the results of two surveys conducted by Natt Gantt and Ben Madison. Download the paper for free here >>

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