Investigating the role of portfolios in developing reflective practice : a case study

Mbango, Karolina Naango (2007) Investigating the role of portfolios in developing reflective practice : a case study. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.




The purpose of this study was to investigate the purpose and role portfolios are playing in developing reflective practice in student teachers and to assess the degree to which this role is being achieved in practice. This study was a interpretive small scale case study. The target groups were 3 student teachers in their final year of study, 3 teacher educators and the vice-rector of the college. Data were obtained through interviews and document analysis. The findings indicated that the students had no meaningful orientation to both the role of portfolio development and reflective skills. The sources of this were the lack of common understanding among teacher educators, lack of support for both teacher educators and student teachers and lack of time, lack of guidelines for construction and clear assessment rubric. The results of this study indicated that the teacher educators were in need of vigorous professional development and considerable implementation strategies are needed to develop the desired reflective skills.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Portfolios in education, Namibia, Student teachers, Training of teachers, Teacher educators, Reflective teaching
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Education > Education
ID Code:2747
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:02 May 2012 09:17
Last Modified:02 May 2012 09:17
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