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Developing Portfolios in Education
A Guide to Reflection, Inquiry, and Assessment

Second Edition

Courses:
Portfolios | Portfolios

July 2009 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Developing Portfolios in Education, Second Edition, walks teachers through the practical aspects of creating portfolios and demonstrates how they can be used as an action research tool for reflection and professional development. Authors Ruth S. Johnson, J. Sabrina Mims-Cox, and Adelaide Doyle-Nichols include checklists, visuals, organizational strategies, and hands-on tools to help readers through every step of developing a professional portfolio.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes the role of standards as they apply to portfolio content and evaluation
  • Includes chapter-opening scenarios that offer real-world examples of portfolio development


New to This Edition

  • Presents a chapter that links portfolio development to action research
  • Contains updated material on electronic portfolio development
  • Provides new step-by-step descriptions of the portfolio process written specifically for teachers

Accompanying Student Resources on CD provide video clips of portfolio presentations, sample electronic portfolios for elementary and secondary teaching credential candidates, PowerPoint slides, tables, templates, and links to Web sites.


 
CD Contents
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
Part I: The Rationale for Requiring Portfolios
 
1. Why Develop the Portfolio?
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
What Is a Portfolio?

 
Purposes for Portfolios

 
Using Portfolios for Assessment and Evaluation

 
Benefits of Portfolios

 
Challenges in Portfolio Development

 
Summary

 
 
2. Portfolio Development as Action Research
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
Defining Action Research and Inquiry

 
Action Research as a Viable Process for Portfolio Development

 
Matching Purpose With Audience in Action Research: Who Benefits?

 
The Cyclical Nature of Action Research and Portfolio Development

 
Levels of Action Research in Portfolio Development

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
3. Using Portfolios as Tools for Authentic Assessment and Evaluation
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
Defining Assessment and Evaluation

 
Portfolios as Authentic Assessment: A Definition

 
Assessment Options: Measuring Learning Targets and Outcomes

 
Benefits of Portfolios as Authentic Assessment

 
Challenges of Portfolios as Authentic Assessments

 
Portfolios as Formative (Developmental Process) Assessments

 
Portfolios as Summative (Final Product) Evaluations

 
Precautions and Recommendations for Effective Practice in Portfolio Evaluation

 
Rubrics for Portfolio Assessment

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
4. Reflective Inquiry: A Tool for Giving Voice to the Portfolio
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
Reflective Inquiry: Providing a Global, Bird's Eye View of the Portfolio

 
Enhancing Learning Through Structured Reflections

 
Reflections as an Essential Component of Action Research

 
Four Types of Portfolio Reflections

 
Reflections as Glue: Bonding the Portfolio to a Purpose

 
Ten Major Ways Reflections Transform Artifacts Into Evidence

 
The Multifaceted, Cyclical Nature of Portfolio Reflection

 
Scheduling Reflections in the Portfolio Process

 
Levels of Reflection in the Portfolio Process: A Sample Rubric

 
Outcomes and Benefits of Reflection and Reflective Inquiry

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Part II: A Guide for Developing Portfolios
 
5. Your Portfolio Journey: Ten Steps for Organizing, Managing, and Completing the Process
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
The Major Phases of Portfolio Organization

 
Step #1: Project a Purpose and Have a Vision for the Portfolio: Begin With the End in Mind

 
Step #2: Build a Comprehensive Portfolio or Personal Archive

 
Step #3: Select a Specific Portfolio Purpose With Learning Targets or Standards and Identify Artifacts That Match That Purpose

 
Step #4: Reflect on the Value and Role of Each Artifact and Add Reflections to Communicate Its Purpose

 
Step #5: Inspect Artifacts to Self-Assess or Ensure That They Provide the Strongest Evidence of Competencies and Project Future Goals

 
Step #6: Connect With Others to Present the Portfolio for Assessment and Evaluation

 
Step #7: Manage Issues of Time, Space, Collaboration, and Purpose

 
Step #8: Address Potential Pitfalls by Integrating Time Lines and Scoring Into the Portfolio Process

 
Step #9: Set Time Lines and Benchmarks at Regular Intervals

 
Step #10: Practice Scoring the Portfolio

 
General Portfolio Scoring Procedure

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
6. Contents of the Portfolio
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
Portfolio Cover Page or Title Page

 
Portfolio Table of Contents

 
Introduction or Executive Summary for the Portfolio

 
The Vision Statement

 
The Philosophy Statement

 
Candidate Documents

 
Standards and Artifacts

 
Categorizing and Cross-Referencing Artifacts

 
Reflections and Reflective Statements

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
7. Presenting and sharing the Portfolio
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
Tips for Preparing Your Presentation

 
Tips for Scheduling the Presentation

 
Presentation Formats

 
Scoring the Presentation

 
Summary

 
For Further Reading

 
 
8. An Overview of Electronic Portfolios: Exploring the Options
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
Four Options for Creating an Electronic Portfolio

 
Technology Terms Used in Chapter

 
Benefits of Electronic Portfolios

 
When, Where, and How to Use Electronic Portfolios

 
Options for Presenting Electronic Portfolios: CD- or Web-Based

 
Privacy and Security: A Word of Caution...

 
Storage Options

 
Where Do I Store My Electronic Portfolio While I Am Working on It?

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
9. Creating Electronic Portfolios
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
Creating an Electronic Portfolio

 
Getting Started - Naming Files

 
Organizing Files

 
Handling Nondigital Artifacts

 
Creating the Opening Page and Table of Contents in Word

 
Word or HTML - Which One Is Right for Me?

 
Converting Word Files to HTML

 
Creating Links in Word

 
Linking With the Table of Contents

 
Save Your Changes

 
Test the Links

 
Creating an Electronic Portfolio Using PowerPoint

 
Converting PowerPoint to HTML

 
Creating Links in PowerPoint

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Part III: The Future of Your Portfolio
 
10. After the Credential Program, Now What? : Keeping the Portfolio Alive
Chapter Objectives

 
Scenario

 
Overview

 
The Portfolio as a Reflective Companion for Ongoing Assessment

 
Ongoing Assessments and Reflective Inquiry

 
Academic and Career Advancement

 
Self-Assessment and Reflection: What Patterns of Strengths or Gaps Exist?

 
Selecting Contents for the Different Portfolio Purposes

 
Preparing Hiring or Interview Portfolios

 
Portfolio Presentation for Career and Educational Advancement

 
Summary

 
Useful Resources

 
For Further Reading

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Authors

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5 - Your Portfolio Journey

Chapter 6 - Contents of the Portfolio


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