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ERIC Number: EJ866519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0951-0893
Balancing the Dual Functions of Portfolio Assessment
Lam, Ricky; Lee, Icy
ELT Journal, v64 n1 p54-64 Jan 2010
While research on portfolio assessment (PA) has focused largely on the summative aspects of writing assessment, not much has been done to find out its formative potential. Drawing upon student questionnaires and student and teacher interview data, this paper aims to explore the formative functions of PA and, specifically, how the formative potential of PA can be better utilized in the EFL writing classroom. The findings of the study indicate that although students responded positively to the formative aspects of PA, they still preferred summative grading and tended to believe that grades were the best way to inform their current standards of writing. The paper ends with a discussion on how the formative aspects of PA could be strengthened and how PA can integrate teaching and assessment to benefit students' learning of writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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