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In Search of the Ideal Portfolio

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There are many different interpretations of portfolios. While they all comprise collections of student work that demonstrate achievement, they differ according to degree of student engagement (self-assessment, reflection and ownership), and the means of assessing the contents. They might operate only as reporting tools for parents, or they might be more meaningful learning narratives for students. From an examination of the literature on portfolio definitions and types, and a consideration of an Australian school context dominated by outcomes-based education, authentic assessment and constructivism, this article posits a generally applicable portfolio for Australian schools.

Keywords: academic achievement; assessment; constructivism; outcomesbased education; portfolios

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Technology, Sydney

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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