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ERIC Number: ED340044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Seizing the Power of Personal Journal Writing.
Cothern, Nancy B.
The personal journal is a combination of class notebook and diary, a repository of entries which are recorded on a regular basis, are ungraded, and which remain confidential. As an instructional tool, the journal is virtually limitless. Studies have demonstrated the practical applications of journal writing for educators in the following areas: (1) as a potential tool for the development of language processes; (2) as a tool for development of organizational abilities; (3) as an opportunity to apply knowledge gained in academic and social settings; and (4) as a possible facilitator of positive attitudes towards literacy. In addition educational theorists report that personal journals offer writers a place to reflect on their roles within cultural groups--a place for introspection. Two primary implications for instruction may also be derived from the discussion of these studies. First, journal writing should be a voluntary activity in which students are encouraged to participate. Second, students may benefit from increased opportunities to make decisions regarding school, social, and independent activities. By increasing decision-making opportunities while providing and encouraging reflection through journal writing, teachers are facilitating students' awareness of selves within a culture. This knowledge develops simultaneously with increased reading/writing abilities, and possible, positive attitudes toward literacy. (Twenty-one references are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Writing Contexts