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Study Abroad and Developing Reflective Research Practice Through Blogs A Preliminary Study from the United Kingdom

Barrett, GA, Hayes, A and Hollinshead, J (2019) Study Abroad and Developing Reflective Research Practice Through Blogs A Preliminary Study from the United Kingdom. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. ISSN 1051-1253

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Abstract

Blogs are seen as an important strand of social networking and a significant way of disseminating research ideas and sharing knowledge and perceptions with new audiences via digital platforms. The use of blogs within off-campus activities, such as study abroad field visits, have the potential to enhance students’ social media skills and confidence about becoming active researchers in public through communicating field research experiences and reflections on what they see, learn, hear and do. Via a semi-structured questionnaire administered to UK based university students participating in a recent Criminology program field visit to Slovenia in Europe, we assess the extent to which blogging facilitates student reflective practice on their lived experiences of undertaking research in culturally unfamiliar environments. We show that blogging combined with the whole experience of international fieldwork has a ‘learning gain’ for students exemplified through a willingness to engage in reflective practice, self-awareness and transferable skills.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Criminal Justice Education on 29/03/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10511253.2019.1580757
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy, 1602 Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
L Education > L Education (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G149 Travel. Voyages and travels (General)
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2019 11:28
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2019 02:47
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/10511253.2019.1580757
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10121

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