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Breaking the Rules: writing reflectively for yourself.
  The rules which epitomise good writing may on occasions be broken, deliberately and with what the writers judge to be good purpose. This can well occur when students or staff set out to engage effectively with their personal and professional development, through personal reflection on and in experiences. They may do this in what has been called “stream of consciousness” writing, which is deliberately compiled in a manner at variance with the general rules for best practice. The rationale for such an unusual decision, namely to engage in what is frankly disorderly writing, is set out briefly in this chapter. Its characteristics are summarised, in implicit contrast with more conventional styles of writing. Examples are included of claims for the effectiveness of this style when used for developmental purposes by students and staff; and reference is made to the publications of some of those who have endorsed this approach.

  • Type:

    Book Chapter

  • Date:

    01 January 2009

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Nova Science Publishers

  • Library of Congress:

    H1 Social Sciences (General)

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    378 Higher education


Cowan, J. (2008). Breaking the Rules: writing reflectively for yourself. In N. L. Mertens (Ed.), Writing, Processes, Tools and Techniques, 109-113. Nova Science Publishers



Professional development; reflective writing; "stream of consciousness";

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