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Developing Analytical and Communication Skills in a Mock-Trial Course Based on the Famous Woburn, Massachusetts Case
This Journal of Geoscience Education article discusses a mock trial in which undergraduates serve as expert witnesses and law students serve as their attorneys. The article identifies the trial as an effective vehicle for developing quantitative skills and enhancing written and oral communication skills. The course discussed is unabashedly about applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems. The entire course revolves around the analysis, interpretation, and presentation of scientific data.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and other restriction information unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: SERC-STARTINGPOINT-000-000-000-240
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: E. Scott Bair
Department of Geological Sciences, Ohio State University