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.

An Overview of Electronic Portfolios: Exploring the Options

An overview of electronic portfolios: Exploring the options

It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

—Charles Darwin

Chapter Objectives

Readers will be able to

  • become familiar with technology terms used in the chapter;
  • articulate the benefits of electronic portfolios;
  • determine when, where, and how to use electronic portfolios;
  • explore options for creating electronic portfolios;
  • explore options for presenting electronic portfolios;
  • identify their personal preferences for designing their own electronic portfolios; and
  • review strategies for maintaining privacy and security when creating electronic portfolios.


Greg is working on his elementary teaching credential and is faced with preparing his electronic portfolio. His friend Rachel is working on her single-subject secondary teaching credential and is also faced with preparing her ...

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