Paul L. Caron

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Why Do Law Profs Provide Peer Review Of Scholarship, But Not Teaching?

Mary Lynch (Albany), Experience with Peer Support, Peer Review and Feedback on Teaching?

We are all familiar with engagement in peer review of scholarship. Law faculty culture prioritizes peer input and review of scholarly ideas and articles. Sending drafts of articles to colleagues for feedback, “workshopping” preliminary ideas, and vetting scholarship is part and parcel of the work we do. We visit other schools, make presentations and attend conferences because we value peer discussion and input. It is the basis by which we create and communicate knowledge.

I don’t believe, however, we have a similarly pervasive culture for formative peer review when it comes to teaching in law schools, although such culture exists at other higher education institutions.

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Another solution in search of a problem.

Posted by: Enrique | Oct 6, 2017 8:53:20 PM

Peers don't visit my classes because they fear that I will ask them questions about the material being covered that day.

Posted by: mike | Oct 5, 2017 8:36:22 AM

Simple. Relying on anything other than student evaluations requires management to work.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | Oct 5, 2017 5:21:32 AM