ERIC Number: ED392805
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
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Portfolio Process: Teachers Exploring Assessment Alternatives. Final Report.
Faust, Mark A.; Kieffer, Ronald D.
This study explored the portfolio evaluation process from the perspectives of teachers using portfolios to evaluate their students and teachers using portfolios of their own to evaluate their teaching. Two university professors, one elementary school teacher, and one secondary school teacher participated, using qualitative research methods. Qualitative research indicated that portfolios provided ways for teachers to reflect on diverse and sometimes conflicting purposes for evaluation. Learners gained self-awareness; and both learners and teachers were able to focus on change in ways that supported learning. Teacher portfolios offered ways for them to model the learning process for students. Findings support the belief that portfolio use can be implemented as a process by which students and teachers construct complex portraits of themselves. Attachments include "Portfolio Process and Teacher Change: Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Teachers Reflect on Their Initial Experiences with Portfolio Evaluation" by Ronald D. Kieffer and Mark A. Faust (in "Multidimensional Aspects of Literacy Research, Theory, and Practice" edited by Charles K. Kinzer and others, published by the National Reading Conference, Inc., 1994) and "Taking It Personally" (from "Portfolio News," v6 n3 Spring 1995) by Mark A. Faust, Ronald D. Kieffer, and Jane Hansen. (SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, College Faculty, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Higher Education, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Qualitative Research, Secondary School Teachers, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Teacher Evaluation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
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