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The academic world has long viewed with unease the use of journals as a learning tool at least in part because although they're written, they're not proper writing at all-often messy, digressive, mechanically flawed. Furthermore, they don't lend themselves to formal evaluation. In recent years, however, as researchers and teachers have focused on the power and purpose of expressive writing, journals and learning have become closely linked.

This book attests to the importance of journals in teaching and learning settings. Its 42 articles, most of them written especially for The Journal Book, explore the uses of student journals , detailing implications and applications, theory and practice.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Even for teachers who have been successfully using journals in their classes, this book will validate their experiences, expand their range of activities, and bring knowing 'nods' as they recognize the similarities between the examples and their experiences.”–English Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867091755
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/3/1987
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Age range: 18 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Toby Fulwiler directs the writing program at the University of Vermont, where he also teaches composition and literature courses. Editor of The Journal Book (1987), Fulwiler is also author of College Writing: A Personal Approach to Academic Writing, Second Edition (1997) and coeditor, with Art Young, of Programs That Work: Models and Methods for Writing Across the Curriculum (1990) and Writing Across the Disciplines: Research into Practice--all published by Boynton/Cook.
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Table of Contents

The Language of Speculation

Dialectical Notebooks and the Audit of Meaning, A. Berthoff

Desert Island Discourse: The Benefits of Ignoring Audience, P. Elbow & J. Clarke

Not in Utopia: Reflections on Journal-Writing, G. Summerfield

Writing to Learn, P. D'Arcy

The Power of Responding in Dialogue Journals, J. Staton

Logs for Learning: Writing in One English School, P. Medway

"Of Myself, for Myself," P. Stillman

A Brief History of Journal Keeping, S. Lowenstein

Journals and the Teaching of English

The Role of Journals in the Interpretive Community, P. Belanoff

Losing Control and Liking It: Journals in Victorian Literature, L. Gatlin

The Journal Conference: From Dialectic to Dialogue, G. Lindberg

Exploring the Inner Landscape: The Journal in the Writing Class, M. J. Dickerson

Golden Notebooks, Blue Notebooks: Re-Readings, J. F. Summerfield

Reinvigorating a Tradition: The Personal Development Journal, C. Burnham

Building a Dining Room Table: Dialogue Journals About Reading, N. Atwell

I Hear Voices: The Text, the Journal, and Me, P. Tashlik

Respecting Opinions: Learning Logs in Middle School English,


I Have a Loose Tooth and Other Unphotographable Events: Tales from a First Grade Journal, R. Nathan

Writing and Learning, Grade Three, T. Fulwiler; and Still Writing and Learning, Grade Ten, M. Fulwiler

Fifth Grade Journals: Results and Surprises, P. McGonegal

Choice Produces Results, B. Reif & J. Davis

Journals and the Arts and Humanities

Journals in the Teaching of History, H. Steffens

It's Not Just the Writing, B. M. Mulholland

The Honest Voice of Inquiry: Teaching Folklore Through Writing, R. Sweterlitsch

A Journal in the Arts, C. Thaiss

Documenting the Aesthetic Experience: The Music Journal, C. Larsen & M. Merrion

Music Journals, J. Ambrose

Student Journals and the Goals of Philosophy, O. T. Kent

The Philosophical Journal: Three Case Studies, S. North

Journal Writing as Person Making, F. Hallberg

What's a Horny? Or, Writing and Counseling in the Middle School, L. Fulwiler

The Team Journal, J. Graybeal

Letting Them Write When They Can't Even Talk? Writing as Discovery in the Foreign Language Class, K. W. Sandler

Journals and Quantitative Disciplines

How Writing Helps Physics Students Become Better Problem Solvers, J. Grumbacher

Writing in College Physics,


Focused Learning in Chemistry Research: Suzanne's Journal, G. Meese

Mathematics Journals: Fourth Grade, B. Schubert

The Mathematics Workbook, S. BeMiller

Academic Journals and the Sociological Imagination, H. Allen & L. Fauth

Journals and Political Science, D. Brodsky & E. Meagher

Journals in Economic Geography, B. Baltensperger

There's a Place for a Log in the Office, K. Hickman

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