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It’s something Tim O’Connell and Janet Dyment have been reflecting on for years.
Reflective journaling has inspired the duo to produce more than a dozen peer reviewed research papers over the past 12 years, all of it culminating with O’Connell and Dyment’s newly published book Theory into Practice: Unlocking the Power and the Potential of Reflective Journals.
It’s a book written for higher education instructors, pre-service and high school teachers, and outdoor educators to turn them on to the power of their students putting pen to paper and writing down their thoughts.
The point is to encourage students to critically reflect on what they’re learning at school and connect those lessons to their everyday lives.
“It’s putting the pieces together of what’s happening inside the classroom and outside,” explained O’Connell, professor and chair of Brock’s Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies.