‘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.
It has inspired me to set up this section of my blog to record my learning and to ruminate on questions such as ‘What do we mean when we talk about learning?’ and ‘How can I learn by writing a learning journal?’.
I found a lovely quote by Barbara Bassot in her book ‘The Reflective Journal’:
‘The process of writing forces us to slow down and take time to reflect, which allows our knowledge and understandings to grow’.
I would love to hear from you on any aspects of your learning you feel adds to the conversation.