December 2010
College Student Journal;Dec2010, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p913
Academic Journal
There are a plethora of ways to show pupil achievement in the social studies, one of which is the portfolio. Portfolio evaluation follows the thinking of constructivists who place major emphasis upon the pupil as an individual. Here, the pupil with teacher assistance is involved in selecting the entries. A Table of Contents provides structure for its contents. The portfolio is a flexible means of appraisal. Numerical results in terms of percentiles are not given in the assessment process. Instead, pupil progress may be viewed directly from authentic sources, such as products from the learner. A rubric may be utilized to appraise the portfolio and agreed upon standards used by evaluators to provide for interscorer reliability. The portfolio permits responsible observers to notice achievement as well as what is left to learn. Their are numerous of kinds of products which may be placed into a social studies portfolio. Each entry reveals what has been emphasized in ongoing lessons and units of study.


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