The fall semester will start soon and you may be working on your plans. So here’s a reminder of all the fabulous resources that GFOIs Sharon Press and Bobbi McAdoo have compiled from their annual resource share at the ABA conference. Here are a few readings you might want to include in your courses. Happy … Continue reading Teaching Resources
Many faculty are now preparing the courses they will teach in the fall. The Stone Soup Project has developed materials to help faculty who want to take advantage of Stone Soup assignments and activities in their courses. The fundamental goal of the Project is to produce and use valuable qualitative data for teaching and research … Continue reading Stone Soup Resources
We often miss opportunities to generate and share knowledge about actual practice from student competitions and CLE programs. This post in the mini-course suggests some ways to get more benefit from these activities. When I have judged student skills competitions at my school, typically one or both of the other judges in my “panel” were … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: Getting the Most Out of Competitions and CLEs
Faculty have multiple options for fulfilling the fundamental goal of the Stone Soup Project to produce and use valuable qualitative data in their courses about actual dispute resolution practice, including: Assigning students to conduct interviews and write reports about entire cases. Assigning students to conduct interviews and write reports about smaller aspects of cases instead … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: Designing Course Assignments
In this mini-course so far, we have noted that qualitative research can be cool and insightful, learning can be more fun, and there are tons of things that you might want to know and you want your students to know. Today, we will consider how to frame questions to get the most valid possible information … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-Course: Good Questions
Do you remember when you were a kid, bursting with curiosity about how and why things worked they way they do? If you’re a parent, grandparent, or other person in close contact with young children, you don’t have to go that far back to remember their intense wonderment. Woody Guthrie wrote a song about this, … Continue reading Stone Soup Mini-course: What Do You Want To Know?
We want to let you know that we have created a Stone Soup website and listserv. The website collects materials in one place for easy access. The listserv’s goal is to promote communication between people interested in the Stone Soup Project. We have been in touch with a lot of faculty who said that they … Continue reading Stone Soup Website and Listserv
The roster of inaugural cohort of innovative faculty who plan to use a Stone Soup Project assignment or activity next year is listed on the Stone Soup website. You too can be part of this exciting project!
This is the first installment of an online mini-course about social science research methods relevant to the Stone Soup Dispute Resolution Knowledge Project. When considering whether to develop a database, some people expressed concerns about the value and validity of the case reports we contemplated. I think that some of these concerns were based on … Continue reading Introduction to the Stone Soup Project Mini-Course
I write occasionally for the Best Practices in Legal Education blog and I recently posted the following: This post riffs on this post, which describes benefits of formative assessments and suggests some ways to do them. It cites research showing that rewards aren’t sufficient motivation for students to learn and argues that using good formative … Continue reading Challenges in Motivating Law Students to Learn
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