“The Millennials are Coming!”: Improving Self-Efficacy in Law Students Through Universal Design in Learning Article
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Jason S. Palmer, “The Millennials are Coming!”: Improving Self-Efficacy in Law Students Through Universal Design in Learning, 63 Clev. St. L. Rev. 675 (2015)Clicking on the button will copy the full recommended citation.
The Millennial generation has arrived in law school. This new generation of self-confident and extremely high-achieving learners merits a new interdisciplinary approach to legal education. Some institutions have explored formative assessments and regulated self-learning to improve academic success. Other universities have looked to universal design, specifically universal design in learning or universal design in instruction, as a mechanism for furthering educational goals for their students. All agree that a lack of self-efficacy can prevent Millennial students from overcoming challenges in their educational growth, and that high self-efficacy, the ability to put forth effort and persistence to successfully accomplish a goal, will lead to better learning outcomes and is a powerful predictor of educational success. None, however, have paired the theories of self-regulated learning and universal design in instruction as a vehicle to improve self-efficacy in the law school classroom. This article is the first to address the unique intersection of these learning theories and their potentially positive impact on self-efficacy for today’s learners.