Saturday, October 11, 2008

Journaling and reflective practice

Here are a few thoughts on how keeping a journal can help you develop reflective practice skills.

Is there anything you would add to this presentation? Do you journal? What do you feel are the benefits? What would be the barriers? How does your blog take the place of a paper journal?


David McQuillan said...

I've been talking with the social services staff lately about their use of a learning journal, and have been thinking about applying the same type of ideas in our course next year.

I think blogging can fulfill many of the roles of a paper journal, but the issue of course is privacy. While you can restrict access to your blog, I would like my students blogs to be open where possible so that they can all learn from each other. Certain personal reflective activities may not have quite the depth they could otherwise have in this public context.

One solution that I've come up with is for the students to maintain a personal journal in a Google document which they only share with me. Thus preserving privacy & hopefully allowing them to reflect at a more deep & personal level on their experience.

Sarah Stewart said...

That's a good idea, David.

BTW, have used 'Google Sites' at all?

David McQuillan said...


Looks interesting.