ERIC Number: ED378148
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-6
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The Portfolio: Sonnet, Mirror and Map.
Diez, Mary E.
The portfolio used in liberal arts teacher education encourages student reflection in three important ways symbolized by the sonnet form, by mirror, and by map. A sonnet must conform to a set of rules but the discipline of these rules offers a measure of freedom. In the same way, the work of portfolio development within established constraints provides a discipline and freedom of structure that allows the student to see his or her own work. Simply following the form of a portfolio does not ensure success, however. In particular, a showcase portfolio demands that all the samples selected must work together to communicate qualifications to a potential employer or evaluator. Developmental portfolios are like mirrors because they can allow the student to see their own progress. When students can see their own progress, it has a significant impact on their growth and self awareness. Looking at the reflection in a developmental portfolio can spark an internal reflection that provides a framework for looking at where next to set goals for progress, hence the map symbol for portfolio roles. Self assessment is the primary tool that makes the portfolio like a map. Using explicit criteria the student develops the ability to look at his or her own work and to determine strengths and weaknesses. The student then begins to set goals to address areas for development. The portfolio as map captures the sense of a process made a habit of mind, of a commitment to ongoing professional growth. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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