Personal Blogs and Reflective Writing: A Case Study

By Faizah Abd. Majid and Najmiyyah Wan Md Adnan.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Blogging has been established as a potential source for reflection. Previous research done on the relationship between blogging and reflective writing focused more on classroom blogs monitored by the teachers. Studies on the relationship between personal blogs and reflective writing are still relatively scarce, especially in Malaysian context. Thus, the present exploratory study investigated the selected bloggers’ perception of blogging. The study also explored the strengths of blogging in developing reflective writers. Two types of instruments namely document analysis and semi-structured interview were used on three respondents selected through purposive sampling. The findings indicated that bloggers viewed blogging as a place for self-reflection and their interests in writing contributed to the reasons why they started blogging in the first place. The research also managed to identify the strengths of personal blogs in developing reflective writers. In conclusion, despite the informal and interpersonal nature of personal blogs, this study provided evidence that personal blogs also contributed to the development of reflective writers.

Keywords: Personal Blogs, Reflective Writing, Case Study

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.615-630. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 902.301KB).

Assoc. Prof. Faizah Abd. Majid

Deputy Dean, Research and Industrial Linkages, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Faizah is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She has been teaching English language for 17 years and has been seriously involved with the tertiary students for the past 13 years. She has keen interests in TESL and how adult learners learn the English language. These interests have led her into conducting various research on the adult learners’ language learning. She also has experiences in presenting at both local and international conferences. She has written several chapters and articles which are published in local and international proceedings and journals.

Najmiyyah Wan Md Adnan

Postgraduate Student, TESL Programme, Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia

Wan Najmiyyah was a postgraduate student in Faculty of Education, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. She is now awaiting opportunities to pursue her doctoral studies in Educational Technology. Wan Najmiyyah has always been interested in educational technology and how students’ learning could be facilitated best through the use of relevant technology in the classroom. She has written some papers and presented at several seminars and colloquiums.


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