With the increasing emphasis on continuing professional development for teachers and all educational practitioners, the use of portfolios to plan, chart, and review professional development is now widespread. Drawing directly from their experience of developing portfolios and portfolio-based assessment, and from current research, this book enables the reader to design and plan a portfolio, chart and analyze relevant professional experiences, reflect critically on practice, assess performance against standards and competences frameworks, present evidence of practice and achievements, and plan their continuing professional development. There are also chapter objectives, key questions and tasks in every chapter, which adds to the practical focus of the book.

Recording Learning and Practice

Recording learning and practice

In this chapter we focus on the question of providing evidence of professional development and learning. Two critical questions are explored: What is evidence of learning? and What makes good evidence? We also examine a variety of ways of gathering and recording evidence of learning.

Key ideas

  • Evidencing practice
  • Forms of evidence
  • Ethics of evidence

An Evidential Approach to Practice

An important aspect of the claim we make for ourselves to be professionals or in seeking professional recognition is that we must be able to substantiate and evidence such claims. It is no longer sufficient to have our professionalism recognised solely in the regard/esteem with which we might be held by our peers, managers and clients. Demonstrating competence and professionalism through a portfolio can ...

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