The dilemma of engagement and ownership in a portfolio for sustainability
ATN Assessment Conference 2010
Portfolio assessment is an approach that holds promise for sustainability. Recent research hasinvestigated whether portfolios can do ‘double duty’ as tools for formative and summativeassessment and for ongoing professional development. This paper proposes that the focus ofresearch could more usefully be on how portfolio assessment can be designed to ensuresustainability. Data is drawn from a four-year action research study of the use of a portfolio in apostgraduate professional development program for special education resource teachers. It providesan illustration of how the dilemma of engagement and ownership in a summative portfolio playsout, and supports a problem-solving approach to the improvement of portfolio assessment forsustainability.
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