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ERIC Number: ED463311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-12
Pages: 40
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The Portfolio: A Tool for Workplace Learning and Development.
Brown, Judith O.
This paper explores and explains the validity and value of the experiential learning portfolio as an effective tool for workplace learning and development. Qualitative and survey methods of inquiry were used to produce data on the portfolio in workplace learning. Eight workers who developed experiential learning portfolios as a component of their undergraduate degree programs were interviewed. Major themes identified through these interviews were an increased recognition of professional accomplishments, a greater appreciation of the workplace as a learning venue, and an enhanced understanding of the role of mentors in workplace learning. Based on the interview findings, 24 survey questions were developed and sent to working adults who had completed portfolios as undergraduates. Responses from 151 workers reaffirmed the identified themes and indicated that the greater the understanding of learning that workers have throughout their careers, the more likely they are to understand their own progress and performance. Future research from this longitudinal study will explore connections between self-reflection and increases in learning through work experiences. One appendix contains a sample student portfolio, and the others contain the student survey and descriptive figures. (Contains 2 figures and 26 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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