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Journaling as an instructional tool for nursing students Brevik, Yvonne


Journaling has become more common in academic work in recent years and nursing has moved toward using this technique with nursing students. Journals have been shown to benefit both students and instructors by promoting reflection, thinking and learning. Instructors use journaling in various ways, with different philosophical foundations, with little understanding about how journaling is done, and with few strategies to optimize the process. The purpose of this study is to better understand how instructors use journals with students, and in conjunction with the existing literature, to develop guidelines for practice for nursing instructors. The research question for this study was: "How and why do nursing instructor's use journaling as an instructional tool?" This qualitative study used a semi-structured interview process to gather data from five nursing instructors at a university with Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctoral Degree-granting status in nursing. All had used or were currently using journaling with nursing students learning in a variety of clinical and classroom settings. The data collected was categorized into the predominant emergent themes and was discussed in conjunction with the literature. As a result of the findings, practice guidelines were developed to offer suggestions and alternatives to using journals as instructional tools with students.

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