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ERIC Number: EJ898683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
The Benefits of Developing a Professional Portfolio
Priest, Cheryl
Young Children, v65 n1 p92-96 Jan 2010
The author's years of work with preservice early childhood teachers, new professionals, and organizations that recruit beginning professionals have helped her identify key activities and documents to be incorporated into a professional portfolio. A well-organized portfolio can help newer practitioners effectively express their beliefs and experiences during the interview process as well as document their ongoing professional growth. Walking into an interview or other meeting with a portfolio in hand speaks volumes about professionalism, and a portfolio often impresses the interviewer or peer. It can be a determining factor in whether a program considers one a good fit. In this article, the author discusses what a portfolio is and what it "is not." She identifies the benefits of a professional portfolio and describes the types of materials that can be included in a quality portfolio. Some tips to aid in the development of a well-organized, creative, and highly effective portfolio are presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A