ERIC Number: ED307201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-6
Reference Count: N/A
Student Journals: One Geographer's Perspective.
Sublett, Michael D.
Describing one teacher's experiences with journal writing as personal habit and as a requirement for the students in his geography classes, this paper discusses the teacher's increasing reliance on student logs, which counted initially for less than 10 percent of the course grade and ended by counting for 30-40 percent of the grade. Writing helps students organize their thoughts on topics and involves them more deeply in the subject matter as they search for the answers to assigned log entries. The goal of the logs is to encourage expressive writing because it closely approximates the thought process. The mechanics of using logs in class are explored, including uniformity, grading criteria, and format. Student logs also benefit the instructor, as they provide timely feedback on the success of lectures and highlight problems encountered by students while working on projects. Nine excerpts from student logs are presented. Five references are included. (GEA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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