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ERIC Number: EJ814842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6882
Reflective Writing: Insights into What Lies beneath
Kathpalia, Sujata S.; Heah, Carmel
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v39 n3 p300-317 2008
Educationists and writing practitioners consider reflection to be a defining feature of student portfolios (Fink 2003; Zubizarreta 2004; Jones and Shelton 2006). A writing portfolio without reflection is merely a collection of written work which does not contribute to "real" learning. Reflection in the portfolio approach happens when students examine their work against established criteria, analyse the effectiveness of their efforts and plan for improvement. According to Fink (2003), reflective writing "focuses on the writer's learning experience itself and attempts to identify the significance and meaning of a given learning experience, primarily for the writer". This paper will examine the self-reflection of student writers in an undergraduate writing course offered to Science students at "Nanyang Technological University". An attempt will be made to identify and illustrate the communicative competencies learnt by these students through the process of self-reflection as well as suggest tools to prompt these reflections. It is hoped that this study will unearth what lies beneath the written product and highlight those forces which make writing practice more informed, both for the student as well as the teacher. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore