ERIC Number: ED354385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Portfolio Assessment in Adult, Career, and Vocational Education. Trends and Issues Alerts.
An outgrowth of the educational reform movement is interest in alternative forms of assessment. One response to the call for increased rigor in measuring learner progress has been the suggestion that assessment should be restructured to resemble real life, with learners taking more responsibility for assessing their own progress. Portfolio assessment is a frequently mentioned form of alternative assessment that encourages development of self-assessment skills. Portfolios of learner work form the basis for this method of assessment. The collection of student work must include student participation in selection of portfolio content, guidelines for selection, criteria for judging merit, and evidence of self-reflection. The following are strengths of portfolio assessment: learners share in the responsibility for assessing their work, data are gathered and evaluated continuously over the course of the learning project, learners have the opportunity to learn about their own learning, and learners develop an expanded view of what is learned. Issues associated with portfolio assessment are as follows: the need for additional resources, development of knowledgeable teachers, and assessment of portfolio information, including establishing standards and criteria and establishing validity and reliability of results. (Annotations of 20 print resources are provided.) (YLB)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.