Incarrying out research, evidence to what you are surveying isparamount. A journal can act as a significant tool for recording andpreserving evidence. A journal can be defined as a document that isused to provide an accurate account of the events that takes place.The events must be important to warrant being recorded in thejournal. This is done to act as a memory and to provide an accurateevidence of what exactly took place. Journaling is a skill thatshould be utilized well to record information on it. It is not allabout writing as we do for classroom notes and academic materials.What aspects of a journal make it different from other notes? Theexperience in writing a journal for a period was an answer to thequeries raised.
Experienceis the best teacher they said. I quite agree with the statementbecause my experience in journaling for this activities gave me a newexperience altogether. Before the activity, I did not appreciate theimportance of journaling, although I knew of its existence. In myopinion, I saw it as a waste of time to record information in ajournal because I thought I was bright enough to capture the eventsusing my memory. It was all fallacy. People forget too soon, and theybarely give details of the happening. The human memory is occupiedwith very many information, and most events are only summarized. WhenI tried to imagine a single event and the record from the journal, Irealized that remembered approximately 20%of what I had written. Whatthis told me is that journaling is important, and people areencouraged to prepare one to realize the functions of the same (Ganim& Fox, 2011).
Writinga journal should be accompanied by some characteristics to make itappropriate for the purpose for which it is intended to.one functionof the journal is that it is intended to give a manifestation of theproceedings of a certain event, transaction or findings.in connectionto this, the Journal has to have a time factor. The time of writingthe journal should be accurately recorded. The day, month and theyear of the event should be recorded. If need be, the time of the daywhen the event took place should be indicated. The details of theevents should be written. Only the most important aspects ought to becaptured and recorded. The details should be brief but detailed. Useof simple language is encouraged to enhance readability and tounderstand the context of the events. Quoting directly from theevents participants is vital as it provides first-hand information ofthe happenings instead of writing a summary of what happened.Paraphrasing is discriminatory and subjective in nature. Peoplebelieve in first-hand information.
Reflectivejournal use has gone through a transformation, and we`re not only useto stimulate the memory of the happenings, but it is an importanttool used in research and methodology. Journaling has proved pivotalto students who are carrying out research work. When the students areout there collecting data and other relevant information to theirtopic of interest, they have to record the same.In preparing thereport of the research findings, the journal acts as a tool toactivate the reminder of the events that took place. In journaling,the rules of grammar are not very important and all that is importantis the information captured. Details in the journal should be in thewriter`s convenient and use of acronyms is common. What the journalneeds to capture is the facts of the events and not the accuracy ofuse of language or grammar. After all, a journal is not an officialdocument on many occasions and, hence may not be seen by the public.
Journalis from writing, and it enables an individual an opportunity toexpress their feeling on the paper. Journaling is a personal writing,and it is not subjected to the strict grammar and spelling rules andinstead is a manifestation of the flow of the writer`s knowledge. Onedoes not worry about the spelling mistakes but on the idea of thejournal. It also improves our writing skills since it is done on aregular basis. For researchers, it relieves the tension that could bescrutinized by the audience since journals are personal and neverintended for the public unless the writer so wishes. Journals are afree in the tool because people can write their feelings in thejournal, and this can heal the wound and relieve the person thepossibility of developing stress and depression thereto (Stevens& Cooper, 2009).
Journalsare not only a document for recording information and researchmethodology use but also have many other benefits. It can be anavenue of expressing feeling, and also a tool to improve our writingskills. However, a journal should be brief, detailed and the time ofthe event noted. Grammar and spelling are not core in journalwriting, and rather the systematic expression of thought is key. Iwould encourage people to keep journals as they are beneficial to ourdevelopment.
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