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ERIC Number: ED403074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Portfolio Assessment: An Early Childhood and Family Studies Department Model.
Ashelman, Polly
Portfolios represent the intersection of assessment and instruction, and they provide a framework for viewing evaluation as complex, multidimensional, and dynamic. This article describes the system of portfolio assessment adopted by the Department of Early Childhood and Family Studies at Kean College of New Jersey, which is based primarily on Paulson & Paulson's (1990) Cognitive Model for Assessing Portfolios. The article begins by describing three departmental goals for the use of portfolio assessment; it then discusses the model's three dimensions and how they are incorporated into the department's system: (1) the stakeholder dimension, involving the relationship of mutual investment shared between each student and faculty advisor; (2) historical dimension, emphasizing changes over time; and (3) activities dimension, describing the contents of the portfolio and illustrating the department's philosophy. The article provides more detail on three facets of the activities component--writing, professional development, and practice--including tasks and courses completed in each area and evaluation conducted. It concludes with a description of how the portfolio system is implemented and early indications of its success. Contains eight references. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A