Cognitive Styles in Law Schools by Alfred G. SmithCognitive Styles in Law Schools by Alfred G. Smith

Cognitive Styles in Law Schools

byAlfred G. SmithOtherPatrick A. Nester, Lynn H. Pulford

Paperback | March 15, 2012

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People differ in their cognitive styles—their ways of getting and using information to solve problems and make decisions. Alfred G. Smith and his associates studied these differences in a selected group of over 800 students at a score of law schools throughout the United States. Two major cognitive styles were identified: that of the monopath, who follows a single route of established principles and procedures, and that of the polypath, who takes many routes, as circumstances suggest.

A battery of both original and standard tests was administered to both law students and their professors to investigate differences in cognitive style and their relationships to self-image, anxiety, and academic achievement. This also revealed differences in prevailing styles at different schools.

The results will be of special interest to readers concerned with legal education, to psychologists, and to behavioral scientists. The research format developed here will serve equally well for raising significant questions about the professions of medicine, education, social work, and others in which cognitive and communication styles play a central role in determining outcomes.

Alfred G. Smith (1957–2004) served as Director of the Center for Communications Research and was Professor of Communication Studies and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Title:Cognitive Styles in Law SchoolsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292741774

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Problems of Cognitive Styles
    • 1. Cognitive Styles
    • 2. Methodology
  • Tests of Cognitive Styles
    • 3. Legalism
    • 4. Intolerance of Ambiguity
    • 5. Authoritarianism
    • 6. Opportunism
  • Corollary Tests and Analyses
    • 7. Anxiety
    • 8. Cognitive Self-image
    • 9. Problem Solving
    • 10. Differences among Law Schools
    • 11. Cognitive Styles of Law Professors
  • Categories, Consequences, and Conclusions
    • 12. Categories of Cognitive Styles
    • 13. Other Variables and Cognitive Styles
    • 14. Conclusions
  • Appendix 1. Research Questionnaire
  • Appendix 2. Oral Solution of Verbal Problems
  • Appendix 3. Authorization Statement A
  • Appendix 4. Authorization Statement B
  • Bibliography
  • Index