Monday, August 27, 2007

on learning journals

I mentioned in my first post that I had been doing some reading on learning journals. I would highly recommend Jennifer Moon’s Learning Journals: A Handbook for Academics, Students and Professional Development (London: Kogan Page, 1999). Moon’s book addresses both theoretical and practical issues. For example, she addresses the questions of how journaling relates to learning as well as how one might go about assessing journals in an academic setting. I have provided the Table of Contents to give you an idea of what it covers.

Part I. Journal writing and Learning
1. Backgrounds: some introductions to learning journals
2. Learning from learning journals

Part II. Journals: their uses and possibilities
3. The uses of learning journals
4. Journals in teaching and learning in higher education
5. Journals in professional education and development
6. Learning journals and personal development

Part III. Practical issues in journal writing
7. Starting to write a learning journal
8. Assessing journals and other reflective writing

Part IV. Using journals more effectively: journal examples and activities
9. Examples of journals
10. Activities to enhance learning form journals.