Use of the Twenty Statements Test for an identity reflection in a first-year law subject

Mark Nolan, Jen Glover (Hartley), Annette Gainsford, Lloyd Dolan

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Indigenous cultural competence elements are embedded across a selection of compulsory law subjects in the undergraduate Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Laws degree (Gainsford et al., 2020; Gainsford, 2021). Since the inception of the LLB in 2016, the Director of the Centre for Law and Justice has joined a First Nations academic in an intensive school session for a first-year law subject, LAW112 Introduction to the Legal System, to assist explanation of, and endorse as well as celebrate, how that embedded content exists across the law degree program. In that session the relevant cultural competence pedagogical framework used in the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt (Ranzijn, McConochie, and Nolan, 2006) is also explained. From 2020 onwards, the Twenty Statements Test (TST; Kuhn & McPartland, 1954; Johnson et al., 2022) has been used to also help students reflect, privately, on their own identities and how they may shape their perspectives on law, legal education, and action choices for legal professionals. In this presentation, the Twenty Statements Test will be described as a tool, used generally in many domains and as discussed in research related to its use with professional groups. Reflections from First Nations staff and the Director who have been involved in sharing their own identity answers in response to the TST prompt to write 20 answers to the question “Who am I?” will help to describe how the TST has been used in this subject and how it has been received by students. This TST exercise has preceded exercises invoking the Gibbs (1988) Reflective Cycle, as well, and comment can also be made on relationships between these two activities in the one introductory session during a first-year compulsory law subject.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2022
EventIndigenous Higher Education Curriculum Conference 2022 - University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 202230 Nov 2022 (Conference program)


ConferenceIndigenous Higher Education Curriculum Conference 2022
OtherThe Indigenous Higher Education Curriculum Conference will be a two-day conference held at UTS on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 November 2022.

The purpose of the conference is to highlight that Australian universities are progressively embedding Indigenous perspectives into higher education curriculum to provide students with Indigenous graduate attributes to work with and for Indigenous Australians across their chosen professions.
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