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Reflective Writing and the Spirit of Inquiry

Reflective Writing and the Spirit of Inquiry Cambridge Journal of Education, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1989 71 Reflective Writing and the Spirit of Inquiry MARY LOUISE HOLLY Associate Professor, College of Education, Kent State University, USA Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. (Henry Miller) Journal writing can be a powerful means for teachers to explore practice; to document classroom life as it unfolds and to reflect on experiences past, their life histories and the social, historical and educational conditions that ushered in the present. Capturing words while the action is fresh, the author is often provoked to question 'why?' I think in writing.. . we are questioning ourselves .. . And I think there is very little precedent set for us to do that. Yet I think when we look at the whole concept of professional growth, that's a piece of it. Yes, you have to do it. (Jerry Johnson, primary teacher, journal excerpt, 1982) This voyage, like others which cover the most intriguing terrains, is not smooth. "Custom is second nature," wrote Plutarch (AD 46-120), and deliberately setting off to explore what has become custom is not without its risks and discomforts as truths are challenged and the taken-for-granted is questioned, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cambridge Journal of Education Taylor & Francis

Reflective Writing and the Spirit of Inquiry

Cambridge Journal of Education , Volume 19 (1): 10 – Jan 1, 1989

Reflective Writing and the Spirit of Inquiry

Cambridge Journal of Education , Volume 19 (1): 10 – Jan 1, 1989

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Cambridge Journal of Education, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1989 71 Reflective Writing and the Spirit of Inquiry MARY LOUISE HOLLY Associate Professor, College of Education, Kent State University, USA Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. (Henry Miller) Journal writing can be a powerful means for teachers to explore practice; to document classroom life as it unfolds and to reflect on experiences past, their life histories and the social, historical and educational conditions that ushered in the present. Capturing words while the action is fresh, the author is often provoked to question 'why?' I think in writing.. . we are questioning ourselves .. . And I think there is very little precedent set for us to do that. Yet I think when we look at the whole concept of professional growth, that's a piece of it. Yes, you have to do it. (Jerry Johnson, primary teacher, journal excerpt, 1982) This voyage, like others which cover the most intriguing terrains, is not smooth. "Custom is second nature," wrote Plutarch (AD 46-120), and deliberately setting off to explore what has become custom is not without its risks and discomforts as truths are challenged and the taken-for-granted is questioned, and

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Cambridge Journal of Education, Vol. 19, No. 1, 1989 71 Reflective Writing and the Spirit of Inquiry MARY LOUISE HOLLY Associate Professor, College of Education, Kent State University, USA Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery. (Henry Miller) Journal writing can be a powerful means for teachers to explore practice; to document classroom life as it unfolds and to reflect on experiences past, their life histories and the social, historical and educational conditions that ushered in the present. Capturing words while the action is fresh, the author is often provoked to question 'why?' I think in writing.. . we are questioning ourselves .. . And I think there is very little precedent set for us to do that. Yet I think when we look at the whole concept of professional growth, that's a piece of it. Yes, you have to do it. (Jerry Johnson, primary teacher, journal excerpt, 1982) This voyage, like others which cover the most intriguing terrains, is not smooth. "Custom is second nature," wrote Plutarch (AD 46-120), and deliberately setting off to explore what has become custom is not without its risks and discomforts as truths are challenged and the taken-for-granted is questioned, and

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Published: Jan 1, 1989

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