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.

Your Portfolio Journey: Ten Steps for Organizing, Managing, and Completing the Process

Your Portfolio Journey: Ten Steps for Organizing, Managing, and Completing the Process

Your portfolio journey: Ten steps for organizing, managing, and completing the process

Developing a portfolio is a process that is personally challenging and, as a result, can lead to enormous personal growth. The journey or process of putting together the portfolio is just as important as the end product.

—Hartnell-Young and Morriss (2007, p. 40)

Chapter Objectives

Readers will be able to

  • outline 10 steps for implementing the portfolio process,
  • describe the major phases for organizing and managing the portfolio process,
  • set time lines and benchmarks in the portfolio process,
  • use standards and performance assessment in portfolio evaluation and scoring, and
  • explain potential pitfalls of the portfolio process and how to address them


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