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Learning from writing reflective learning journals in a theory-based translation module: students’ perspectives

Shih, C; (2011) Learning from writing reflective learning journals in a theory-based translation module: students’ perspectives. The Interpreter and Translator Trainer , 5 (2) pp. 309-324. 10.1080/13556509.2011.10798823. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper reports on an action research project intended to engage undergraduate translation students in learning translation theories. Students were guided to write reflective learning journal entries as part of their assessment in a translation theory-based module. Two questionnaires were designed to elicit data, mainly in terms of students’ perception of translation theories, both at the beginning and at the end of the term, and students’ experiences of writing reflective learning journals. The data suggests that most students seem to think of translation theories as guidelines, methods or techniques, both at the beginning and at the end of the term, even though they also claim that writing reflective learning journals changes the way they view translation theories to a certain extent and, consequently, helps them to learn these theories. This study demonstrates that with careful design and instruction, the educational value of learning journals can be successfully applied to a theory-based module within a subject area that is not traditionally practice- or vocation-oriented in higher education.

Type: Article
Title: Learning from writing reflective learning journals in a theory-based translation module: students’ perspectives
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/13556509.2011.10798823
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13556509.2011.10798823
Language: English
Keywords: Action research, Learning journals, Translation theory, Assessment method, Experiential learning
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS > Translation Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1522467
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