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ERIC Number: EJ1123830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Professional Development Portfolio: Perceptions of Nutrition and Dietetics Current Students and Recent Graduates
Vouchilas, Gus; George, Gretchen
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v108 n4 p51-55 2016
The Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) in family and consumer sciences nutrition and dietetics programs is a tool that can help students in their transition to professionals. Significant issues in the portfolio development process are: content selection, decision to create paper or online formatting, determination of proper timing to begin the process, and determination of usefulness to the student. To clarify student portfolio perceptions and practices, recent graduates (n = 37) and graduating seniors (n = 40) were surveyed. Findings indicate that the majority of students prefer to select portfolio content rather than have it assigned by instructor rubric, they prefer to begin the PDP development process during the junior year, and they plan to use PDPs for internship applications and job searches. The majority of the respondents were Millennials, and all of them chose to create the portfolio online. Non-significant differences existed for all survey items when comparing responses of recent graduates to those of graduating seniors. The growing nutrition and dietetics fields are highly competitive; therefore, understanding these perceptions and practices is essential in order for educators to help prepare students for the transition from student to professional.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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