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Assessing the quality of reflection in student journals: a review of the research

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Dyment, JE and O'Connell, TS, Assessing the quality of reflection in student journals: a review of the research, Teaching in Higher Education, 16, (1) pp. 81-97. ISSN 1470-1294 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis The definitive published version is available online at: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals

DOI: doi:10.1080/13562517.2010.507308

Abstract

In this paper, we review 11 research articles that examine the level of reflection found in student journals in higher education across a range of disciplines. Our review reveals little to no consistency in the research community around the mechanisms and process of assessing levels of reflection in student journals. Our analysis also reveals that the quality of reflection found in student journals varies considerably across studies. In terms of trends, the five of 11 studies found that students or journals were not overly reflective and contained mostly descriptive accounts of events. Four of the 11 studies found that the majority of students or journals were somewhat reflective. Only two of the 11 studies found a high percentage of students or journals were highly reflective. We conclude with a series of factors to be considered when assessing the quality of reflection in student journals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:reflective journals, assessment, levels of reflection, evaluation
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Education Assessment and Evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and Learning
Objective Field:Learner and Learning not elsewhere classified
Author:Dyment, JE (Dr Janet Dyment)
ID Code:73473
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2011-10-11
Last Modified:2015-03-05
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