Willowwind's story: using student portfolios to develop authentic assessments and reflective learning





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The research question addressed in this project is, how can the use of portfolios better assess student's authentic work in a project-based learning environment? This capstone uses past research and experiences to better understand one school's own design and implementation of portfolios. Based upon this school's yearlong implementation of portfolio practices, the author draws conclusions and makes reflections on its experiences. Through these conclusions and reflections, this capstone also sets out goals to better the school's portfolio program and outlines ideas of how other programs can implement a portfolio program into their own existing educational structure. This capstone can help schools analyze growth and create positive experiences for students to gain confidence and become stronger, independent, and more reflective students who take stock in their education allowing their voice to be heard through portfolio development.

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