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Title: Students' reflective journals and creative writing in EFL
Authors: Abu Hussein, Haya Abdul Rahman 
Al Jamal, Deena Abdul Hameed 
Sadi, Imad 
Keywords: Portfolios in education - Birzeit University - Palestine;Online Reflective Journals - Birzeit University - Palestine;Birzeit University students - Creative writing;Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.) - Birzeit University - Palestine;Authorship - Study and teaching - Birzeit University - Palestine;Thought and thinking - Study and teaching - Birzeit University - Palestine;Flexibility - Birzeit University - Palestine;Fluency - Birzeit University - Palestine;Elaboration - Birzeit University - Palestine
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Universal Journal of Educational Research
Abstract: This study aimed at investigating the effectiveness of online reflective journals on Birzeit University students’ creative writing. The participants of the study were sixty first-year university students. They were chosen randomly from Birzeit University in the second semester of the academic year 2019/2020. The study followed the quasi-experimental design. The participants were divided into two groups: an experimental group (n=30) and a control group (n=30). To carry out the study, the researcher taught her students how to write reflective journals, and she established a closed group on Messenger for her students to write their online reflective journals and share them on the group frequently each time on a different topic. The data about the students’ creative writing skills were collected using a creative writing pre/post-test designed by the researcher. The data were analyzed using appropriate quantitative analyses. The results of the study showed that the proposed instructional strategy was effective in improving students' creative writing skills. The results proved that the strategy of online reflective journals has positively affected the components of creative writing (originality, flexibility, fluency, and elaboration).
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2020.080823
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