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Reflections on developing a reflective journal as a management adviser

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This paper is a personal account of how I learned to keep a reflective journal whilst working as a volunteer management adviser in a cambodian non-governmental organization. My reason for keeping a journal has been to help me better understand my role, and to help gather data for a research degree that I am undertaking. In this paper I describe how, through the process of trial and error, my journal style changed from one in which I recorded data in an unstructured way, to one in which events were subjected to reflective inquiry as a result of developing a sense-making framework. I also discuss how keeping a reflective journal has been an important aid in my approach to action research. I found that reflecting on my practice provided me with a deep insight into my own work and that of the organization. However, the way that I recorded learning incidents was not without its problems, an important issue that needed to be addressed if I was to create a true picture of my role as a practitioner-researcher.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Brighton UK

Publication date: 2004-06-01

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