ERIC Number: EJ789369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Reference Count: 0
Using an Analogy in the Introduction of a Portfolio
van Tartwijk, Jan; van Rijswijk, Martine; Tuithof, Hanneke; Driessen, Erik W.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n4 p927-938 May 2008
Students in many teacher education programmes experience confusion about portfolios. This study investigated whether using an analogy in the introduction of a portfolio helps teacher education students understand both the purpose of a portfolio and how to compile it. It was also investigated whether these students' understanding correlates with their appreciation of portfolios. In the analogy, portfolios were compared with job application letters, curricula vitae and the references that are common in selection procedures for new employees. This analogy was helpful in promoting students' understanding. Their understanding correlated with their appreciation of this instrument.
Descriptors: Job Application, Portfolios (Background Materials), Employment Interviews, Teacher Education, Logical Thinking, Comprehension, Higher Education
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