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Journal Keeping: How to use reflective writing for learning, teaching, professional insight and positive change
(2009)
  • Dannelle D. Stevens, Portland State University
  • Joanne E. Cooper, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract

One of the most powerful ways to learn, reflect and make sense of our lives is through journal keeping.

This book presents the potential uses and benefits of journals for personal and professional development—particularly for those in academic life; and demonstrates journals’ potential to foster college students’ learning, fluency and voice, and creative thinking.

In professional life, a journal helps to organize, prioritize and address the many expectations of a faculty member’s or administrator’s roles. Journals are effective for developing time management skills, building problem-solving skills, fostering insight, and decreasing stress.

Both writing and rereading journal entries allow the journal keeper to document thinking; to track changes and review observations; and to examine assumptions and so gain fresh perspectives and insights over past events.

The authors present the background to help readers make an informed decision about the value of journals and to determine whether journals will fit appropriately with their teaching objectives or help manage their personal and professional lives. They offer insights and advice on selecting the format or formats and techniques most appropriate for the reader’s purposes.

Keywords
  • English language -- Composition and exercises -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States,
  • Diaries -- Authorship -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States,
  • English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States,
  • Creative writing (Higher education) -- United States,
  • College students -- United States -- Diaries
Publication Date
2009
Publisher
Stylus Publishing
Citation Information
Dannelle D. Stevens and Joanne E. Cooper. Journal Keeping: How to use reflective writing for learning, teaching, professional insight and positive change. (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dannelle_stevens/6/