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Breaking the Rules: More support for journaling

Paper: Writing and keeping journals. 

A guide for educators and social practitioners

Smith, Mark (1999, 2006, 2013), ‘Keeping a learning journal. A guide for educators and social practitioners’, the encyclopedia of informal education. http://bit.ly/24mGSxq

Article (Australian)2013:


I See, I Think I Wonder: An Evaluation of Journaling as a Critical Reflective Practice Tool for Aiding Teachers in Challenging or Confronting Contexts

Book: A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning. Jenny Moon. 2004.


  1. write for yourself, and write every day
  2. be informal, using language you are comfortable with
  3. write by hand if you prefer
  4. write in your own language
  5. be relaxed and comfortable
  6. try sitting in different places and positions
  7. use diagrams and drawings
  8. record not just events but reflection on the process
  9. ask questions and challenge assumptions
  10. connect personal and professional experiences to concepts and theories.

Book: The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Artists-Way-Discovering-Recovering/dp/033034... While this is oriented towards the creative self the practices are relevant and useful

The Artist's Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the 'I'm not talented enough' conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy, and guilt, and replace them with self-confidence and productivity. It helps demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life. Whatever your artistic leanings, this book will give you the tools you need to enable you to fulfill your dreams.


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