Research Question: Is individual experience a significant factor in deepening conceptual understanding?
Method: A Field Journal Assignment was given to two classes (1 grad and 1 undergrad) each of three terms over the course of the academic year. Students in each course were provided with a seminal reading which articulated the merits of deepening conceptual understanding by means of analyzing one’s beliefs about a particular concept and one’s reasons for holding those beliefs. (Wilson, J. 1998, “Seriousness and the Foundations of Education”, Educational Theory Vol 48: #2)
Sheppard, Shelby L.; Baldwin, Jennifer; and Anderson, Gretchen, "Using A Field Journal To Enhance Conceptual Understanding" (2008). Writing Research Fellows. Paper 25.