ERIC Number: ED409378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Portfolios in Teacher Evaluation.
Wolf, Kenneth; And Others
An overview of teaching portfolios is presented so that principals and other school administrators can make informed choices about their use. In its most basic form, a teaching portfolio is a collection of information about a teacher's practice. It becomes a structured documentary history when it is supported by reflective writing, deliberation, and serious conversation. The contents of teaching portfolios can be as varied as the people who construct them. To ensure that they can be evaluated fairly, there should be clear content standards, and a focus on a few key areas of teaching, rather than the entire curriculum. Requirements for a teaching portfolio should be spelled out clearly so that teachers know the portfolio's objectives. Some examples of teaching portfolios are presented. Their design and use emphasizes the necessity of the following steps in portfolio implementation: (1) define the expectations for teacher performance; (2) clarify the purposes for the portfolio; (3) identify the products for the portfolio; (4) develop the guidelines for portfolio construction; and (5) establish the procedures for portfolio evaluation. (Contains 14 figures and 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).