Breaking the Rules: writing reflectively for yourself.

Cowan, John (2009) Breaking the Rules: writing reflectively for yourself. In: Writing, Processes, Tools and Techniques. Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 109-113. ISBN 978-1616689162

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The rules which epitomise good writing may on occasions be broken, deliberately and with what the writers judge to be good purpose. This can well occur when students or staff set out to engage effectively with their personal and professional development, through personal reflection on and in experiences. They may do this in what has been called “stream of consciousness” writing, which is deliberately compiled in a manner at variance with the general rules for best practice. The rationale for such an unusual decision, namely to engage in what is frankly disorderly writing, is set out briefly in this chapter. Its characteristics are summarised, in implicit contrast with more conventional styles of writing. Examples are included of claims for the effectiveness of this style when used for developmental purposes by students and staff; and reference is made to the publications of some of those who have endorsed this approach.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 978-1616689162
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional development; reflective writing; "stream of consciousness";
University Divisions/Research Centres: Business School (from 1st August 2015)
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education > 378 Higher education
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Item ID: 5617
Depositing User: Prof John Cowan
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2012 12:57
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2016 09:47

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