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Research Diary: A Tool for Scaffolding

Engin, Marion (2011) Research Diary: A Tool for Scaffolding International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 10 (3). pp. 296-306.

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Diaries have long been seen as tools for reflection in learning languages, and learning about teaching. Despite this recognition of the importance of narratives in diary writing, little attention has been paid to the role of research diaries in the process of learning about research, and learning how to be a researcher. During the author’s own research into the construction of teaching knowledge by pre-service trainees, she became aware that her research diary was scaffolding her own construction of research knowledge. In this article the author discusses the role of a research diary based on a socio-cultural theory of learning. The diary acts as the expert other in the scaffolding of research knowledge by the novice researcher. The discussion of the nature of the scaffolding and the role of diary writing draws on examples from the author’s research diary written during her doctoral studies.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Department of Higher Education
Authors :
Date : 1 August 2011
DOI : 10.1177/160940691101000308
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2011 Engin. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : dialogue, knowledge construction, novice researchers, research diaries, scaffolding, socio-cultural theory
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 24 Jan 2018 14:18
Last Modified : 16 Jan 2019 19:07

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