Reflective journals: can they be used to identify struggling students?

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Abstract

The ability to identify early failure in knowledge accquisition amongst students is important because it enables tutors to put in place suitable interventions to help struggling students. We hypothesised that if a reflective learning journal is a useful learning tool, there ought to be relationship between the type of journal entries and the depth of knowledge acquisition. Our research question is: can reflectiuve journals be used to identify struggling students? Previous work with reflective journals has not related the level of reflection with module outcomes obtained by the student. In our study, we have classified journal entries written by first year students in a foundationalprogramming module based on the SOLO taxonomy and compared this against the outcomes of two module assessments. Our results suggest that there is potential for using reflective journals to identify struggling stuidents in first year programming.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 13 Jul 201515 Jul 2015

Conference

Conference6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium: Translating Research into Practice
Abbreviated titleREES 2015
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period13/07/1515/07/15

Keywords

  • SOLO taxonomy
  • learning journals
  • novice programmers

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