In Part 2, I described how my interest in improving dispute resolution theory led to the development of the Stone Soup Project. This part describes how my interest in improving legal education relates to this project. It suggests ways that faculty can be creative in incorporating more of the real world into their teaching, particularly … Continue reading Creating Knowledge Together, Part 3: Using A “Focus Group Class” in Any Course
The Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project encourages faculty to assign students to collect qualitative data about actual dispute resolution practice. Many faculty require students to conduct interviews of practitioners or parties. You may require students to write papers analyzing their interviews, though you may discuss the interviews in (and out of) class without requiring … Continue reading Stone Soup Documents For Interview Assignments
In a series of posts, particularly this one, I wrote that the University of Missouri had tentatively planned to develop a database of reports about actual cases. As described in my post, Creating Knowledge Together, the underlying goal was for faculty, students, scholars, practitioners, educational institutions, and professional associations to collaborate to produce, disseminate, and … Continue reading Creating Knowledge Together, Part 2: Revised Plans for The Stone Soup Project
At the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution conference last month, Rishi Batra, Noam Ebner, Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, Sanda Kaufman, and I led a session entitled, “Making Negotiation Theory More Helpful for Practitioners.” This session grew out of the Tower of Babel symposium last fall. We presented some of our own thoughts about negotiation theory and spent … Continue reading What Theory Do Practitioners Want?
My colleague, Rafael Gely, and I are developing the University of Missouri “Stone Soup” Case Database project as I previously mentioned. This post includes links to some short documents with more detail about the content and process of our planning. And it invites you to respond with your comments, suggestions, and commitments to participate. Overview … Continue reading Developing the University of Missouri “Stone Soup” Case Database
Several years ago, I had the chance to tag along on a European tour with Missouri’s University Singers. My friend, Paul Crabb, the choral director, talked with his students in the group about the pleasure of “making music together.” The idea that they were “making” the music may seem odd at first considering that they … Continue reading Creating Knowledge Together: Rationale for Building a Social Science Case Database
In January, I described how my colleague, Rafael Gely, assigned his negotiation class to interview people about actual negotiations and write papers with detailed accounts of the cases. This assignment has intrinsic value as an educational experience for the students and it served as a test run for the University of Missouri “Stone Soup” Project … Continue reading Real Negotiations
You probably are familiar with the Stone Soup fable. Some travelers come to a village with only an empty cooking pot and they find that the villagers won’t share any food. The travelers fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One by one, villagers ask … Continue reading Stone Soup Case Database