Sunday, September 23, 2012

Developing students' skills in reflective practice: design and assessment

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Pavlovich, K, Collins, E., & Jones, G. (2009). Developing students' skills in reflective practice: design and assessment. Journal of Management Education, 33(1), 37-58.

This article describes three different approaches to learning journals used in a business education context. While the article illustrates how journals can be implemented in management education, some general observations about journaling can be extended to earlier education.

Noted Quotes:

"Journaling is one method that requires students to explore their personal engagement with academic subject content and their individual learning process. The writing of thoughts over the duration of an academic course becomes a journey of exploring one's learning...Learning journals, then, are a way of organizing students to become better connected with their academic subject and, more important, with their own self-awareness." (p.2)

"...bringing feeling into the education process allows head and heart to be connected and thus reduces the separation that currently occurs through the externalization of knowledge as something that happens outside of oneself." (p.3)

"Clarity of objectives assists students to move beyond descriptive accounts of their experiences." (p.4)

"The e-journal has two major advantages over traditional "hard-copy" journals: convenience and ease of use, and immediacy and visual impact." (p.15)

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