ERIC Number: ED193665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Journal Keeps the Person in the Process.
Reece, Shelley C.
Journal writing--an expressive prose that verbalizes the writer's consciousness--helps the student by fostering personal growth, reducing writing apprehension, strengthening prewriting in students' composing processes, and enhancing the development of writing abilities. Journals are places for students to write what they will, for teachers to accept as valuable what students say because they say it, and for teachers not to evaluate what students write. The use of the journal may cause teachers to hesitate because they may believe that there is too much variety in the amount, kinds, and quality of writing done in journals; that students write "garbage"; that there is too much intimacy in the journals; or that journals are hard to grade. Students resist journals in two ways: they have a hard time defining their roles as writers in a journal or they see journal writing as trivial. The journal can become the crossing point of communication between student and teacher. The journal holds whatever a student wants to write and it also holds a teacher's honest questions and supportive comments. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journal Writing; Writing Apprehension
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).