ERIC Number: EJ883439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
The Teaching Portfolio: Institutional Imperative or Teacher's Personal Journey?
FitzPatrick, Mary Anne; Spiller, Dorothy
Higher Education Research and Development, v29 n2 p167-178 Apr 2010
This research draws on the experiences of a group of tertiary teachers who compiled a multi-purpose portfolio as an assessment component of a postgraduate certificate in tertiary teaching at a New Zealand University. The research was initially undertaken in response to feedback from some of the participants that the experience of compiling a portfolio generated intense emotions. The data for this study were the retrospective reflections of the tertiary teachers on the experience of creating a portfolio as well as the portfolios themselves. The authors chose a narrative research methodology as an appropriate way to investigate a process that essentially involved the storying of the participants' achievements and identities as tertiary teachers. The findings revealed that some participants felt uncomfortable about the blend of the formative (or developmental) and summative (or evaluative) functions of the multi-purpose portfolio and that producing the portfolio evoked a range of complex emotions. These findings have led to the reformulation of the portfolio task.
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Portfolios (Background Materials), Portfolio Assessment, Research Methodology, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Formative Evaluation, Summative Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Evaluation, Emotional Response, Graduate Study, Personal Narratives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand