Use of Portfolios for Assessment in Design and Technology Education

Stables, Kay. 2017. Use of Portfolios for Assessment in Design and Technology Education. In: Marc J de Vries, ed. Handbook of Technology Education. Cham: Springer, pp. 749-763. ISBN 9783319446868 [Book Section]

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This chapter explores the use of portfolios in assessment, starting with a general overview of the nature of assessment portfolios, then moving on to their use within technology education for developing and assessing capability. I start by considering their early use in public examinations in England and reasons why they were introduced. From this I explore issues presented by using portfolios, their potential and their problems. I draw on a range of research and development projects, mainly from within technology education, then present a case study of portfolio development from research at Goldsmiths, University of London, and use this as a basis for exemplifying the potential of digital portfolios. Finally, I provide hopeful but cautious guidance, drawing from the success stories, the findings, and the concerns raised through the chapter.

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Assessment, Portfolios, e-Portfolios, Design processes

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22 September 2017Published Online

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23 Jul 2019 11:03

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11 Jun 2021 16:49


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