ERIC Number: ED342820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Portfolios: An Estimate of Their Validity and Practicality.
Smolen, Lynn; Newman, Carole
As part of a research project about portfolios as a means of assessment for preservice teachers, the College of Education at a midwestern university formed a committee to review and rate student-developed portfolios. The committee evaluated student portfolios both for their evidence of attainment of beginning teacher competencies and also for their professional appearance. The committee surveyed 8 principals, 6 personnel directors, 5 curriculum directors, 15 assistant superintendents, 17 superintendents, and 10 persons with unidentified positions from 61 school districts employing the university's graduates, to study the usefulness of portfolios as interview tools. The idea was generally well received, with 50 of the respondents willing, 10 possibly willing, and 1 unwilling to look at an applicant's portfolio. Personnel directors were least willing to use portfolios. Principals were more interested than others in hard evidence of classroom skills, with interest in lesson plans, tests, classroom management, student discipline statements, and evidence of computer skills. Assistant superintendents and superintendents were more interested in focusing on recommendations of other professionals who had previously examined the candidates. Surveys of wider samples of administrators should clarify the portfolios' reliability. The 29-item College of Education Portfolio Survey, 5 tables, and a 15-item list of references are included. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Beginning Teachers, College Students, Education Majors, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Interviews, Higher Education, Mail Surveys, Performance Based Assessment, Personnel Directors, Personnel Selection, Portfolios (Background Materials), Preservice Teacher Education, Principals, Student Developed Materials, Student Evaluation, Superintendents
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (15th, Hilton Head, SC, March 5-9, 1992).