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Developing professional character – trust, values and learning

Barton, Karen and Westwood, Fiona (2011) Developing professional character – trust, values and learning. In: Affect and Legal Education. Ashgate Publishing, pp. 235-256. ISBN 978-1-4094-1026-3

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Abstract

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 chapter discusses developing professional character in Learning and Teaching the Law.