Learning Experience through Diary Writing: A Case Study

By Paulo Vieira Nogueira and Sara Canelhas.

Published by The Learner Collection

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We carry out a critical thought on self-education process based on a learning experience structured around diary writing, namely «itinerant diaries». Diaries, due to their intrinsic critical and generative qualities, can become a locus of emancipation and investigation, in their inter-textual, personal and/or collective tissue, by giving a notion of the specific, expected and unexpected implications and conditions within the co-lived learning process.
If a diary is constituted as a praxis analyser and a motive for learning experience, its meta-analysis leads to its meaning and legitimacy while self-education resource. This implies a change with regard to common education patterns of representation and their object, moving from theory to practice, from practice to authorship and finally from the subject to one’s “work” (seen as reflexive itineration). In this sense, one’s work can be seen as a totality that connects each one with the world: each one with oneself, oneself with Others and Oneself with Things.

Keywords: Self-Education, Itinerant Diaries, Writing, Experience, Creativity

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.471-486. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.293MB).

Dr. Paulo Vieira Nogueira

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal. Currently, working on the Ph.D thesis title “Writing and Education: echoes and incidences of the educational background in the writing activity”. Interests on education and creativity, education and narratives, creative writing, formal and non-formal education.

Dr. Sara Canelhas

First Grade Teacher and Researcher, CIIE - Centre for Education Research and Intervention, Porto, Portugal

First Grade Teacher. Currently, working on the Ph.D thesis title “Impacts between the institutional and aesthetic dimension of the arts in formal education” (Doctoral Degree Grand, Foundation for Science and Technology - Portugal). Interests in Art Education, Community Education, Aesthetic Education.


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