Reflective journals for the enhancement of postgraduate students Learning: an Australian Case Study

Issa, Tomayess, Issa, Theodora and Isaias, Pedro (2012) Reflective journals for the enhancement of postgraduate students Learning: an Australian Case Study. The International Journal of Learning, 18 3: 237-252.

Author Issa, Tomayess
Issa, Theodora
Isaias, Pedro
Title Reflective journals for the enhancement of postgraduate students Learning: an Australian Case Study
Journal name The International Journal of Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-9494
1447-9540
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 237
End page 252
Total pages 16
Place of publication Champaign, IL, United States
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Language eng
Abstract The aim of this paper is to examine the value of learning through ‘Reflective Journal Assessment’ in IS6 and ITS6 Postgraduate units at an Australian University. This assessment goes beyond traditional teaching delving into the higher faculties of students’ mental abilities. This is achieved by providing them with the opportunity to critically analyze, and creatively form opinions on issues related to the topics being taught either through the analysis of peer-reviewed journal articles, or chapters from text books. This assessment is coupled with the students’ reflection on their understanding, abilities, and how such an exercise developed their thoughts and comprehension and cognitive abilities. Furthermore, this assessment is designed to allow students’ self-awareness and self-knowledge in respect to the contents, thus improving their writing, research, and analytical skills. This paper provides empirical evidence based on quantitative and qualitative data derived from two sources. The first is the anonymous informal feedback collected during the semester, while the second (the formal) is the other anonymous online system for gathering and reporting students’ perceptions of their learning experiences at the university ‘eValuate’ of 53 students’ evaluations and perspectives toward the IS6 and ITS6 units. The students’ comments reflect their satisfaction of the opportunity to be involved in such thought-provoking exercise appraising the reflective learning exercise at postgraduate level.
Keyword Reflective journals
Assessment
Australia
Analytical Skills
Postgraduate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation Publications
 
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