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ERIC Number: ED399819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
The Use of Portfolios for Teacher Evaluation.
Lengeling, M. Martha
A discussion of the use of portfolios for teacher evaluation reviews common uses of portfolios in higher education and offers suggestions for portfolio construction. It is noted that portfolios are frequently used for evaluation of both learner and teacher performance, as a means of documenting an individual's capabilities and skills. Some applications include: student and professional use of collections of work in the fine arts; student use to document learning in subject areas at all educational levels and in teacher education; as a means of assessment, in lieu of traditional comprehensive examinations, at the end of a master's degree program; for assessment of language majors' accomplishment of specific educational objectives; and as an alternative to conventional supervision of teachers. When used by teachers, portfolios promote reflective thinking on teaching practice. Despite initial skepticism, teachers and administrators often find them useful. Use of mentors is strongly recommended to guide teachers in portfolio construction. Other desirable factors include administrative support, collaboration among teachers experienced with portfolios, teacher workshops in their use, communication, availability of a variety of examples of portfolio types, implementation without pressure, and clearly defined guidelines. Six steps in portfolio construction and use are outlined. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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