The effects of creative, expressive, and reflective writing on career learning: An explorative study

Reinekke Lengelle, Frans Meijers, Rob Poell, Mijke Post

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Abstract

This study investigates whether creative, expressive, and reflective writing contributes to the formation of a work-life narrative that offers both meaning and direction among students in higher education. The content of writing done by students who participated in a two-day writing course at the start (or in preparation) of their work placements and of a control group who did not take part in the course were compared. Writing samples were analysed using the Linguistic Index Word Count program (Pennebaker, Booth, & Francis, 2007) and an instrument based on Dialogical Self Theory (Hermans & Hermans-Konopka, 2010). Results show writing promotes the development of career narratives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume83
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec. 2013

Keywords

  • Creative writing
  • Dialogical self theory
  • Expressive writing
  • Higher education
  • LIWC
  • Narrative career counselling

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