Using portfolios for assessment: problems of reliability or standardisation?

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Research and Development in Higher Education: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship Vol. 30

July, 2007, 651 pages
Published by
Geoffrey Crisp & Margaret Hicks
ISBN
0 908557 72 8
Abstract 

Portfolios are increasingly used in professional education, not least in courses for new academic staff, and for taking personnel decisions. This study looks at the portfolio marking practices over eight intakes on a Postgraduate Certificate programme and sets out to analyse variations between different markers. It concludes that the main problems arise from the standardisation of the marking, rather than its inherent reliability.

Keywords: portfolios, assessment, professional education

Using portfolios for assessment: problems of reliability or standardisation?

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Tomkinson, B. & Freeman, J.