There are many additional resources available online which will address this topic in a more academic tone of voice, covering the current research on the need of reflection and using a learning journal.
Moon (2003) suggests four different methods to learn from learning journals.
- “Firstly, we learn because journal writing is a process that accentuates favorable conditions for learning.
- It produces intellectual space in which we can think.
- It also encourages independent learning – you have to write your own journal and because you ‘own’ the learning, it is likely that it will be more meaningful to you.
- Writing a journal also provides a focusing point, an opportunity to order thoughts and to make sense of a situation or of information.
- Learning from a journal enhances learning skills because it forces the learner to cope with ‘messy information’: ideas that are not straight forward.
- It counteracts what might be seen as spoon-feeding with handouts and lecture notes on the www.
Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.
~Leonardo Da Vinci
- “Secondly journal writing encourages reflection and reflection is associated with deep approaches to learning, or with deep learning.
- “Thirdly, writing in a journal encourages metacognition.
- “Lastly, the act of writing is associated with learning or the enhancement of learning. There is a considerable literature on the relationship of writing to learning, how it forces a learner to clarify her thoughts, how it is a powerful form of feedback to the learner, how it focuses attention and tells the learner if s/he does or does not understand.”
He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
~Leonardo Da Vinci
By Tracy Atkinson
Tracy Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passion is researching, studying and investigating the attributes related to self-directed learners. She has published several titles, including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Lemosa: The Annals of the Hidden, Book Two, Rachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently working on a non-fiction text exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-directed Learners.