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ERIC Number: EJ849786
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1541-4329
Writing across the Curriculum: A Hermeneutic Study of Students' Experiences in Writing in Food Science Education
Dzurec, David J.; Dzurec, Laura Cox
Journal of Food Science Education, v4 n2 p22-26 Apr 2005
Writing can enhance learning by helping students put words to their thinking about course material. The purposes of this study were to assess the influence of a structured academic journal writing exercise on student learning in a food science class and to examine student responses to the experience. Hermeneutics, a philosophy of science and qualitative research method, was used to analyze journal data from 48 participating students during a 2-y period and involved 3 steps: (1) describing themes taken from a global reading of student commentaries, (2) reducing or relating themes to specific, verbatim statements found in student writings, and (3) interpreting or imposing meaning on the themes and the statements (Lanigan 1988). Hermeneutic analysis showed that journal writing was difficult at first but became easier and enjoyable over time, allowed students to relate course content to other knowledge, exposed students to course material multiple times allowing for better information retention, enhanced student understanding, helped students think critically, required students to prepare for class, gave students the opportunity to express opinions, and allowed students to experience writing as enjoyable and positive. Several minor themes suggested that most students found the experience useful to their learning. Findings from this study are consistent with neuroscience and cognitive psychology theories regarding learning and the development of reasoning skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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