ERIC Number: ED450415
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
"This Is My Portfolio": Portfolios in Upper Secondary School English Studies.
This qualitative case study describes a portfolio program in the teaching of English as a foreign language in two Finnish upper secondary schools. Approximately 100 students participated in the portfolio program, whose topic area was culture. First, the purpose of this action research was to try out and develop portfolios in foreign language teaching as a pedagogical innovation. Second, the aim was to foster students' empowerment, i.e., their active and responsible role in learning. The primary research questions were twofold: How did the portfolio program proceed and progress? and Did the portfolio program foster student empowerment? Different portfolio profiles and portraits emerged from the data collected. Findings suggest that a great majority of the students both liked the portfolio approach and took charge of their learning. Thus, the portfolios seemed to offer a vehicle for student empowerment. Some students, however, disliked the portfolio course, finding the topic area uninspiring and the student-centered and self-directed approach inefficient, difficult, or unsuitable for them. (Contains 6 figures, 2 tables, an approximately 250-item bibliography, and several appendixes.) (Author/NKA)
Descriptors: Action Research, Case Studies, Cultural Context, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, High Schools, Instructional Innovation, Portfolio Assessment, Program Development, Qualitative Research, Student Empowerment
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Inst. for Educational Research.
Identifiers - Location: Finland