ERIC Number: EJ875571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 30
E-Journaling: A Strategy to Support Student Reflection and Understanding
King, Frederick B.; LaRocco, Diana J.
Current Issues in Education, v9 n4 2006
Journals can be defined as the permanent records of thoughts and ideas that an individual has processed and clarified through the act of writing or otherwise recording their experiences (Killion, 1999). While journaling has existed almost as long as man has been writing, the use of journaling as a pedagogical strategy is a relatively recent phenomenon that has steadily increased over the last 30 years. In the past, using paper and a writing instrument was the primary mode for journaling. Nevertheless, the increased popularity and use of technology in classrooms and by individuals, the rise in distance education courses, and the changing nature of students have given rise to a variety of technological approaches to journaling. Some instructors have turned to electronic media for journaling. The purpose of this research was to explore the utility of e-journaling as a means for promoting student and instructor reflectivity in two separate graduate courses (i.e., educational leadership and instructional design). Specifically the authors were interested in understanding the phenomenon of e-journaling from the student and the instructor perspective. An exploratory case study design (Yin, 2003) was used to answer the research questions. Taken as a whole, the results of these two exploratory case studies show promise for e-journaling as a tool that instructors can use to enhance student reflection and learning. The results also indicated that the interactions that take place between individual students and the instructor have the potential to support students in their learning and in meeting their individualized learning needs.
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Education Courses, Distance Education, Case Studies, Student Journals, Reflection, Graduate Students, Educational Administration, College Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Journal Writing, Teacher Education Programs, Integrated Learning Systems, Internet
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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