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ERIC Number: ED383679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
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Rediscovering Professional Practice through Portfolio Assessment: Implementation at Two Levels of Teacher Education. Critique of the Usefulness of Portfolios to University Administrators.
Wilhite, Stephen C.
This presentation addresses issues of faculty evaluation in the university context and the effective use and usefulness of portfolios. A section on portfolio content validity asks about the right things to include and briefly discusses scholarship, teaching, and service components. A section on criterion-related validity asks whether rival interpretations of portfolio evidence are possible or likely and argues that this point addresses the difficulty in operationally defining excellence in teaching and excellence in service. This section also argues that in the absence of articulated assessment criteria, there will be a movement toward uncritical acceptance of a faculty member's self-evaluation. Other points include the following: (1) preoccupation with construction and updating of portfolios may encourage summative as opposed to formative evaluations of faculty; (2) the accumulation of evidence in faculty portfolios can become overwhelming; (3) personal statements in portfolios are important as they can provide an integrating framework for an otherwise overwhelming array of evidence; (4) contents must be constrained by performance criteria reflective of institutional and departmental context; and (5) emphasis on summative evaluation creates a strong bias against documenting anything other than excellence in the portfolio. (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (Washington, DC, February 12-15, 1995).