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PORTFOLIOS. A Strategy for Assessment. Jones, M., Shelton, M. (2011). Developing Your Portfolio--Enhancing Your Learning and Showing Your Stuff: A Guide for the Early Childhood Student or Professional, Second Edition. Routledge. Rationale. Provides for Authentic Assessment

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Portfolios

PORTFOLIOS

A Strategy for Assessment

Jones, M., Shelton, M. (2011). Developing Your Portfolio--Enhancing Your Learning and Showing Your Stuff: A Guide for the Early Childhood Student or Professional, Second Edition. Routledge.


Portfolios

Rationale

Provides for Authentic Assessment

* application to real life

* contextualized

* multiple indicators

Builder Constructs Knowledge

* documenting relationships between experience & criteria


Portfolios

Some Key Descriptors

  • open-ended

  • growth over time

  • self-directed

  • reflective

  • personally meaningful

  • documenting evidence

  • habits of mind

  • collaborative dialogue

  • process of inquiry

  • authentic


Portfolios

Common Purposes

  • To track one's personal growth over time

    • Known as "developmental," "process," or "working“ portfolio


Portfolios

Common Purposes

To demonstrate to others what one has learned over a specified period of time, how one has engaged in the learning process, and how one has applied the learning/knowledge

Known as "evaluation, "product, "presentation“ or showcase portfolio


Portfolios

Common Purposes

To provide to others an up-to-date portrait of one's knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and the competence with which one can engage these.

Known as "interview,“ or "professional," "showcase“ portfolio


Portfolios

Portfolio Components

Clearly specified purpose and

audience

 Organizational structure reflective

of the purpose

Carefully selected evidence suited

to the purpose

 Reflections tying artifacts to learning to growth


Portfolios

Characteristics of the Portfolio Process

 Learning is expressed in personally

meaningful, individualized, and

creative ways

Learning is collaborative


Portfolios

Characteristics of the Portfolio Process

 Transformative - internalized change

results from a collision of current

knowledge and experience and new

knowledge through a process of

inquiry and reflection


Portfolios

Characteristics of the Portfolio Process

 Promotes learning with understanding

 requires learners to restructure,

integrate, apply, and reflect on

knowledge in new ways


Portfolios

Characteristics of the Portfolio Process

 Learning is made public- work is

shared and presented with colleagues

and other professionals for discussion

and examination


Portfolios

Examples of Artifacts for Documentation

 story boards  case studies  projects

 action research lesson plans

 videos  surveys  training materials

 environmental rating scales  resumes

 philosophy statements  handbooks

 letters of reference  photos  certificates


Portfolios

Assessment Tools

Check listscontains required components

Rubricsscoring criteria continuum with

descriptions

Benchmarksbased on external performance

standards


Portfolios

Challenges of the Portfolio Process

1. Determine the relevance & implications of

the learning with regard to future action

Operate at a high level of thinking

3. See and accept that learning is a messy,

uneven process that requires tenacity


Portfolios

Challenges of the Portfolio Process

4. Move from "what does the teacher want" to

"what will help me develop as a professional“

Consciously confront and manage anxiety

Value individual strengths, differences and creativity while maintaining quality standards

7. Ensure that the documentation accurately

reflects practice


Benefits

Benefits

  • Validates experience and knowledge

  • Draws on one’s strengths

  • Documents growth

  • Promotes and strengthens critical reading and thinking skills

  • Facilitates congruency between practice and theory

  • Clarifies professional identity


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