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

R. Lengelle, F. Meijers, R.F. Poell, M. Post

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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. Keywords: Creative writing, Expressive writing, Narrative career counselling, LIWC, Dialogical self theory, Higher education
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-427
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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