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Teachers, and particularly student teachers, often find it useful to keep a journal or diary in which to reflect critically and analytically on their teaching in order to see what they have learned from it and how they could use this to inform future planning and to contribute to their continuing professional development. The keeping of such a journal might involve daily reflections, but more usually the journal will be used to record and reflect on critical incidents, which are situations or events of particular professional significance. In order to contribute effectively to a teacher's professional development, journal entries would be expected to do more than simply describe events, and should involve some element of action planning for future practice. The keeping of a reflective journal is particularly encouraged in programmes of teacher training, and it is used extensively within the action research model of education research.

Subjects: Education.

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