Uses For Journal Keeping

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This text reports on an ethnographic study of journal-keeping in a university science class. The author spent a summer semester attending a general education class in geology as a participant observer, took extensive notes, interviewed class members and the professor, and analyzed journal entries and other documents related to the class. She provides an example of ethnographic methods to be of use to other composition researchers, especially in her careful attention to reflexivity, that is, the effect of the ...

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Overview

This text reports on an ethnographic study of journal-keeping in a university science class. The author spent a summer semester attending a general education class in geology as a participant observer, took extensive notes, interviewed class members and the professor, and analyzed journal entries and other documents related to the class. She provides an example of ethnographic methods to be of use to other composition researchers, especially in her careful attention to reflexivity, that is, the effect of the researcher and the research on data. The book provides a detailed exploration of journal keeping from the perspective of both the students and the professor, as well as case studies of how two students in particular used journal keeping. Journal entries are examined not simply as texts produced by individuals for a class assignment, but as the outcome of a socio-political process, including the goals of the general education curriculum, the goals of the geology course and its instructor, the students' personal and educational goals, the institutional constraints on the professor, the methods of the researchers, and the dynamics of classroom interaction.

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Provides a detailed exploration of journal keeping from the perspective of both students and professors, and case studies of how two students used journal keeping in their general education geology class. Examines journal entries as the outcome of a socio-political process combining the goals of the general education curriculum, the goals of the class, the student's personal goals, and the dynamics of classroom interaction. Discusses the use of writing across the curriculum. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567500523
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Series: Writing Research Series
  • Edition description: Rev. and edited
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors Preface
Author's Acknowledgments
1 Journal Writing as a Sociopolitical Process 1
2 Procedures: Reflexivity in Classroom Composition 23
3 Journal Keeping and Class Activity in "Spaceship Earth" 69
4 The Sociopolitics of Journal Keeping in "Spaceship Earth": Two Students 117
5 The Sociopolitics of Journal Keeping in "Spaceship Earth": The Professor 147
6 A Postscript and Some Concluding Observations 163
References 173
Author Index 179
Subject Index 181
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