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Putting Together Professional Portfolios

Putting Together Professional Portfolios

128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Recording, evaluating and reflecting are at the heart of what it means to be an accomplished practitioner. This book gives clear, step by step guidance and takes the reader on a journey of professional critique. There is no greater gift than to help colleagues re-examine their practice in a new light."
—Graham Handscomb, Principal Adviser Essex County Council

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
  • Plan their continuing professional development

There are chapter objectives, key questions and tasks in every chapter, which adds to the practical focus of the book.

An essential read for teachers, teaching assistants, any practitioner assembling a Continuing Professional Department (CPD) portfolio, those working towards further qualifications such as Chartered Teacher status, newly qualified and probationary teachers, and anyone involved in supporting and mentoring CPD.

What is a portfolio?
Professional Learning
Writing a Professional Autobiography
Action Learning
Reflection as Learning
Recording Learning and Practice
Describing and Reflecting on Practice
Designing an Electronic Portfolio
Designing and Constructing Your Portfolio

An informative and helpful guide, for all students and healthcare workers, to put together a portfolio which will meet their professional need

Mrs Stella Cosgrove
Human Resource Depatment Training and Development, Lancashir teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
April 15, 2013

This was an easy to read book that guides the learner through the steps of being a reflective practitioner. I will certainly be placing this as an 'essential' book for first year student teachers.

Mrs Sharon Tonner
Primary Education, Dundee University
May 15, 2011

Excellent. Clear Layout enabling beginners to understand the theory and practicalities of Portfolios for both students & educationalists.

Ms Karen Harrison
Business Services Unit, Salford University
November 10, 2010

I will recommend the book to PGCE Secondary and BSc Secondary trainee teachers as a good source of information about compiling their teaching professional portfolio.
I am also using it to re-compile my own professional portfolio and to advise a working party here at the University.
What I particularly like about it is the wealth of practical advice on how best to produce portfolios of different types.

Dr Tony Liversidge
Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
March 30, 2010

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One PDF

Christine Forde

Margery McMahon

Jenny Reeves

Jenny Reeves has worked in the field of Continuing Professional Development, with a particular focus on leadership and management, as both a lecturer and a National Development Officer for the Scottish Qualification for Headship. She is currently Director of CPD at the School of Educationand teaches on the Chartered Teacher Programme, MEd. Professional Enquiry in Education, as well as leadership and management modules offered on the MSC Professional Enquiry. More About Author

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