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ERIC Number: ED398028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 19
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At the Heart of Education: Portfolios as a Learning Tool.
Gordon, Rick; Julius, Thomas
This chapter consists of a conversation between a third-grade teacher and a teacher educator about the advantages of the portfolio method of assessment. The advantages of portfolios are that they are a powerful learning tool as well as an assessment tool, they can make the separate subjects in a curriculum come together in an integrated way, and the fact that they are prepared for an audience besides the teacher makes the student think more about the real-world applicability of the material. The challenges of portfolios are the time they require, and that educators need to relinquish some control in order to empower students at the center of the learning process. Working with portfolios requires engaging students in the process of developing standards, collecting and selecting from their authentic work, and making presentations to an audience. This collaborative process encourages both teachers and students to explore new concepts for standards of quality. The exercise of determining these standards is a valuable learning tool in itself. Beyond content knowledge, portfolios encourage critical thinking, decision making, organization, reflection, and presentation, which are practical life skills. Portfolios encourage authentic interdisciplinary links that cut across content areas, providing support for teacher collegiality, teaming, and integrated studies. For students, this helps break down artificial barriers that can separate subjects when the focus is almost entirely on content acquisition rather than application and use. (Contains 10 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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