Narrative reflective writing: 'It got easier as I went along'

Gary Barkhuizen, Phil Benson

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It has been argued that narrative is a natural way of making sense of experience and that it has a particular value in fostering teachers' reflective thinking. This paper looks at these arguments critically through a study of teachers' responses to narrative writing tasks in coursework. The study focuses on the teachers' perceptions of their enjoyment, anxieties, confidence and understanding in relation to narrative writing before and after the coursework. Findings tentatively indicate that narrative writing did come naturally to most of the teachers but that their responses became more positive as they developed experience in narrative writing within a supportive environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-400
Number of pages18
JournalRevista Brasileira de linguistica aplicada = Brazilian journal of applied linguistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • reflective writing
  • narrative
  • teacher education


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