Learning Experience through Diary Writing: A Case Study
We carry out a critical reflection on self-education processes structured on writing diaries, namely itinerant diaries. Due to the critical and generative quality of writing diaries, personal or collective diaries may become the locus of emancipation and investigation, since they shed light on the specific educational conditions (expected and unexpected) central to self-education processes. If a diary, in an educational context, becomes tool for analysing praxis, and a low of promoting self-education, then its metanalysis may lead us to the meaning and legitimacy as an educational resource. This implies a change with regard to common educational patterns of representation and their object, moving from theory to practice, from practice to authorship and, finally, from the subject to one's «work» (as reflective integration). In this sense, one's «work» can be seen as a Totality that connects one with the World: one with oneself, Oneself with Others and Oneself with Things.
Keywords: Self-Education, Itinerant Diaries, Writing, Experience, Creativity
Dr. Paulo Vieira Nogueira
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Porto University
Dr. Sara Canelhas
First Grade Teacher and Researcher, Center for Research and Intervention in Education