Portfolios: A New- and Better- Way to Assess Writing and Other Learning
AbstractA "portfolio," as used in this article, is a collection of writings by a single authorwritings of the same or different kinds gathered over a period of time, or from roughly the same time. This essay argues that for purposes of assessment portfolios are superior to multiplechoice tests and to time-limited essay tests. The essay also discusses the possible contents for a portfolio (which can include evaluative comments by the student on his/her own work); ways of gathering a portfolio; ways of reading portfolios; and precautions that faculty need to observe before using portfolios for assessment.
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