ERIC Number: ED380794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Research Findings on the Use of Portfolio Assessment in a Literature Based Reading Program.
Holmes, Julia; Morrison, Norma
A study evaluated the effectiveness of a portfolio strategy to assess reading in the early primary grades. For a 12-week period, college students implemented portfolio assessment as they completed their reading block field experiences as part of their literacy/reading methods courses. Data included the portfolios, teacher surveys, journals of the preservice teachers, and observational notes and records recorded throughout the period. Results indicted that: (1) comprehension and language development could feasibly be tracked through the interviews, retells, running records, anecdotal data, text reconstructions, and language experience activities; (2) teachers and prospective teachers reported that the children were becoming better critics of their own work; and (3) during the on-site teaching of the methods course, classroom teachers were partners with higher education faculty as they cooperatively guided preservice teachers with hands-on experiences. Findings suggest that the awareness, acceptance, and utilization of portfolio assessment by practicing early primary grade teachers needs to be supported and ethnographic research continued. (Contains 29 references and two figures of data.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (18th, Hilton Head, SC, March 1-4, 1995). Best available copy.