This study developed after I read numerous research journals created by my doctoral students. At times, students included considerable amounts of detail, reflecting on their research processes and their roles as researchers. At other times, the journals appeared to be a mere afterthought, seemingly completed in an evening to satisfy the requirement and get a grade. And, as with many things in the introductory qualitative research course, students expressed a need for more structured guidelines for their journals. In response, I developed a set of guidelines and prompts students could use to guide their journal entries. With this study, I discovered that the introduction of guidelines and prompts increased student reflexivity, the level of detail in their journal entries, and the length of their journals increased.


Reflexive Journals, Qualitative Research

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Amy Orange teaches courses in qualitative research and research design at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Her research interests include teacher bullying and issues regarding the teaching of qualitative research. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: orange@uhcl.edu.

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