Developing Portfolios in Education, Second Edition, walks teachers through the practical aspects of creating portfolios and demonstrates how they can be used as an action research tool for reflection and professional development. Authors Ruth S. Johnson, J. Sabrina Mims-Cox, and Adelaide Doyle-Nichols include checklists, visuals, organizational strategies, and hands-on tools to help readers through every step of developing a professional portfolio.

Key Features

Emphasizes the role of standards as they apply to portfolio content and evaluation; Includes chapter-opening scenarios that offer real-world examples of portfolio development

New to This Edition

Presents a chapter that links portfolio development to action research; Contains updated material on electronic portfolio development; Provides new step-by-step descriptions of the portfolio process written specifically for teachers

Accompanying Student Resources on CD provide video clips of portfolio presentations, sample electronic portfolios for elementary and secondary teaching credential candidates, PowerPoint slides, tables, templates, and links to Web sites.

Reflective Inquiry: A Tool for Giving Voice to the Portfolio

Reflective inquiry: A tool for giving voice to the portfolio

More than anything else, the portfolio process should inspire reflection—alone and in the company of others…. Reflective commentaries by the portfolio owner are essential companion pieces to artifacts. Writing reflections pushes teachers to more deeply examine their practice and allows others to examine the thinking behind the teaching documented in the portfolio…. With reflection, the portfolio can become an episode of learning.

—Wolf and Dietz (1998, p. 14)

We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.

—John Dewey

Chapter Objectives

Readers will be able to

  • define reflection and reflective inquiry;
  • use structured reflections as a key component of action research;
  • view reflections as the glue bonding the portfolio to a ...
  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles