ERIC Number: ED467241
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Career Passports, Portfolios, and Certificates. ERIC Digest.
Wonacott, Michael E.
Secondary educators are using ways other than the traditional high school diploma and transcript to communicate students' new and different sets of knowledge and skills to employers. A career passport may be characterized as a formal product or document in which students present the many marketable skills they have developed through their life experiences. A career portfolio is a similar product with a different focus; it is a working tool that organizes information and documents for career planning and self-assessment. Both passports and portfolios represent a combination of developmental process and summative product. The value of either is twofold: students come to an awareness of their own skills and experience, and employers have richer, more detailed information for hiring decisions than is provided in transcripts and diplomas. Examples are the Ohio Individual Career Plan and Career Passport and the South Dakota Career and Life Planning Portfolio. A career certificate is a document issued by an educational agency formally attesting that a student posses specific skills. Examples are the Wisconsin Employability Skills Certificate, Connecticut Career Certificate, and Oregon Certificates of Mastery. (Contains 16 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Planning, Education Work Relationship, Educational Certificates, Educational Experience, Employment Potential, High Schools, Job Skills, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Skill Development, Student Evaluation, Student Records
ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Center on Education and Training for Employment, College of Education, The Ohio State University, 1900 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090. For full text: http://www.ericacve.org/pubs.asp.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.