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ERIC Number: ED418070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb-25
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing Professional Portfolios in a Teacher Education Program.
Jonson, Kathleen; Hodges, Caryl
This paper reports on the development and utilization of the professional portfolio in the University of San Francisco's (California) teacher education program. It reviews the rationale and guidelines for using this performance-based teacher assessment model, reports the results of a survey of 45 recent credential program graduates' use of the portfolio, and discusses implications for beginning teachers' initial job search and on-going professional development. Surveys of the recent graduates asked how they had used their portfolios in their job search and what role the portfolio played as an ongoing record of their career. Results indicated that beginning teachers used the portfolio in job interviews 83 percent of the time, and the portfolio enhanced their job search process. The portfolio allowed them to document and demonstrate in visual form their competency as teachers. Most reported that portfolios were an advantage in the job interview process, though several said that interviewers were not interested in seeing the portfolio. Over half of the respondents reported that they updated their professional portfolios on an ongoing basis. Respondents noted portfolios continued to provide a useful tool for reflecting on their professional and personal growth through their first years in the classroom. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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