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Engaging students in the learning proces: the learning journal.

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Journal publication date07/2003
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Journal number2
Volume27
Number of pages17
Pages183-199
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper explores the usefulness of the learning journal as a means of actively engaging students in the learning process, based on a case study of a third-year undergraduate geography course. After briefly reviewing the literature on journal writing in different contexts, the paper outlines the approach adopted in the new geography course, in which students were given guidelines on how to write a journal that would be assessed as part of the course. Extracts from students' journals for this course are used to illustrate how they approached the task, and how they viewed the experience. It is concluded that the learning journal has good potential to increase student interest in and engagement with course material, to encourage and empower students to take more responsibility for their own learning, to be more reflective in their study, and to allow them to have a voice and provide valuable feedback to the teacher.

Bibliographic note

The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 27 (2), 2003, © Informa Plc