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ERIC Number: ED442584
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 171
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87173-145-2
Portfolio Assessment: A Handbook for Preschool and Elementary Educators.
Wortham, Sue C.; Barbour, Ann; Desjean-Perrotta, Blanche
Although support for using portfolios in student assessment is widespread, few educators agree on what portfolios are and what their purposes should be. This book details a step-by-step process to help preschool and elementary educators get started in the use of portfolios for student assessment or gain new insights or strategies in their use. Chapter 1 introduces performance assessments and portfolios, and discusses current thinking about their use. Chapter 2 presents the framework for initiating portfolio assessment, including primary decisions that must be made when moving into portfolio assessment. Chapters 3 through 6 are case studies of individual and groups of teachers, and the process they used to begin using portfolio assessment in their individual teaching settings. Chapter 3 reflects the use of portfolios in a model child development center serving infants through 4-year-olds. Chapter 4 reports the experience of a group of teachers who restructured their school to improve the achievement of children from poor families. Chapter 5 reviews the experiences of teachers in the intermediate grades in implementing portfolio assessment, focusing on mathematics and science assessment. Chapter 6 details a project approach to curriculum development and the curriculum-portfolio connection in an after-school program. Chapter 7 discusses common elements from the four case studies: the decision to use portfolio assessment, philosophical bases for its use, selecting the purpose for portfolios, criteria for selecting assessment strategies, and collecting, interpreting, and reporting data. Five appendices include assessment forms. (KB)
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Childhood Education International, Olney, MD.
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