Reflective writing and the self-perceived development of intrapersonal communication skills among first-year university students in the UAE

Tanju Deveci, Mark Wyatt

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    Abstract

    Intrapersonal communication (IC) is inescapable; we constantly engage in self-talk. IC is surprisingly under-researched, but its quality affects students’ reflective skills, impacting their academic success. This implies that students’ IC skills need to be developed systematically. Our small-scale qualitative study explores first-year university students’ self-perceived development of IC skills in the context of a communication course that supported intensive reflective writing experience, with data collected through reflective essays. Results suggest that the students’ reflective writing experience impacted their self-perceived IC skills by enhancing analytical and problem-solving processes, self-awareness, positive thinking, and self-esteem, and also supported interpersonal communication skills’ development. Introducing first-year university students to reflective writing would therefore seem to be beneficial. However, to generate positive experiences, reflective writing needs to be scaffolded carefully.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)68-80
    Number of pages13
    JournalReflective Practice
    Volume23
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2022

    Keywords

    • Critical thinking
    • interpersonal communication
    • intrapersonal communication
    • reflection
    • reflective writing
    • university students

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