Tufts OpenCourseware
Author: David Henry Feldman

1. Setting up your Metahobby journal page

The following will give some sense of how to turn your journal into an effective data collection instrument. Each week, in your journal, you may divide the writing into four sections using the following format:





Your expectations for the coming class; your current performance level:

Any thought for how to improve your learning in the coming class.


Description of social context in which the learning activities occurs.

Provide a description such as the learning environment, peers, instructor, instructor's expectations, the interaction between you and instructor, between you and peers, social events that occurred in the learning session, summarizing your learning activities in the class.

Describe your learning or developmental experience: any thoughts, changes in your performance, feelings, connections, and how the change occurs and your understanding of changes.

Later reflection:

Any thoughts or reflections on your previous learning experience. You may generate your own "theory" or use any theory you have learned in the class based on your previous learning experience.

If you use emotion chart, please fill it in and submit it with your journal.

Please keep your journal entries in an organized and clear format.

The journal's format is not fixed. You may find the best format or way to describe your learning experience. You do not have to organize them in these sections, but you need to cover this information. Try to be as explicit and detailed as possible. This journal will be the data you will base your final paper on, so it might be easier if you have more information form which to draw on.