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ERIC Number: ED218666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Learning Behavior in Focus: Student Journals in the Study Skills Classroom.
Hoffman, Steve
Students in a study skills class at City University of New York keep a journal as a regular record of the process of their learning to be college students: studying, attending classes and lectures, taking notes, navigating textbooks, and preparing for tests. They make four entries per week, one for each class, each focusing on detailed, concrete observations about their behaviors and that of other students in the classroom. Gradually, they learn to use the journals to address specific problems that they have, such as paying attention in class, and begin to develop insight into the causes of their difficulties. Every four or five weeks, they are given an additional essay assignment, a journal summary, to help them get a perspective on their habits and patterns of behavior as students. These assignments bring together two traditional polarities of a study skills course: a concern with clarifying and improving students' attitudes toward their work and a desire to teach practical skills such as note-taking, using a text, or preparing for and taking tests. Journal writing gives students an opportunity for self-study, reflection, and class discussion that can develop a self-awareness about the learning process. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Student Journals