Journal Keeping
How to Use Reflective Writing for Learning, Teaching, Professional Insight and Positive Change

Paper: 978 1 57922 216 1 / $27.00
 
Published: April 2009  

Cloth: 978 1 57922 215 4 / $95.00
 
Published: June 2009  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 57922 928 3 / $95.00  
About Library E-Book

Published: June 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
286 pp., 7" x 10"
tables & figures
** By the authors of the acclaimed Introduction to Rubrics
** Major growth of interest in keeping journals or diaries for personal reflection and growth; and as a teaching tool
** Will appeal to college faculty, administrators and teachers

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.

Table of Contents:
Tables and Figures; Acknowledgements; Preface;
PART ONE: JOURNAL WRITING AND ITS THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
1) Journal Writing: Definition and Rationale; 2) Reflection and Learning from Experience; 3) Reflection and Adult Development Theory;
PART TWO: USING JOURNALS IN CLASSROOMS AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE
4) Introducing and Structuring Classroom Journal Writing; 5) Classroom Journal-Writing Techniques; 6) Grading Classroom Journal Writing; 7) Journal Writing in Professional Life; 8) Journal Writing in the Computer Age—Rebecca L. Schulte;
PART THREE: A COLLECTION OF CASE STUDIES: TEACHING WITH JOURNALS AND KEEPING JOURNALS IN PROFESSIONAL LIFE
9) Case Studies: Teaching With Journals; 10) Case Studies: Journal Keeping in Professional Life;
Afterword; Appendices: A) Journal Writing Techniques; b) Contributor Contact Information; References; Index.


Reviews & Endorsements:
"As mentioned, this book has lots in it about journaling. If you are new to the idea and want an excellent introduction, the material is here... I could see having this book on the shelf of an EDC or in a library, as it is bound to benefit people interested in learning more about journals and/or addressing specific issues pertinent to the broad area at a pedagogical level... In summary, I comment the book on the whole as one that belongs in a resource center to support teaching and learning."
- EDC Resource Review
"Journal Keeping makes a clear and compellig argument for what the authors call an "underused and sometimes misunderstood" (xv) educational tool... The book makes a theoretically sound, logistically solid, and ultimately persuasive argument for the keeping of journals."
- The Review of Higher Education