Learning Journals: A Handbook for Reflective Practice and Professional Development

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Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Education - 200 pages
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Fully updated with important new theory and practical material, this second edition of Learning Journals offers guidance on keeping and using journals and gives step-by-step advice on integrating journal writing on taught courses, in training and professional development and in supporting personal development planning (PDP) activities. Key topics covered include:

  • the nature of learning journals and how we learn from them
  • the broad range of uses of learning journals, including portfolios and personal and professional development
  • the depth and quality of reflection in learning journals
  • the assessment of learning journals and reflective writing
  • the use of narrative and story-telling techniques in journals.

With useful exercises and activities that enhance learning journal work in a structured manner, Learning Journals is invaluable reading for teachers and students in higher education, for all professionals, particularly those working in the health services and business and training and for all those who want to learn more about keeping a fulfilling personal journal.

 

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Contents

An introduction to learning journals
1
Journals and the process of learning
17
Journalwriting as a process that accentuates fovourable conditions for learning
26
4 Quality and depth in reflections and learning journals
36
5 The uses of learning journals
44
6 Journals in teaching and learning in higher education
57
7 Journals in professional education and development
71
8 Learning journals and personal development
81
10 Assessing journals and other reflective writing
107
11 The enrichment and broadening of journal processes through the link with story
122
12 Examples of journals
132
13 Activities to enhance learning from journals
141
Resources
158
References
182
Index
197
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9 Starting to write a learning journal
90

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Jennifer A. Moon researches learning in the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice, Bournemouth University, and an Independent Consultant.

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