chapter  6
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Student Portfolios

Creative portfolios have long been a fixture in the business world as a means of demonstrating their preparer's artistic, design, or writing abilities. In many ways, the use of the portfolio instrument as a self-or programmatic assessment mechanism is simply an evaluative extension of this practice. Instead of merely showcasing what the author believes to be his or her best work, the assessment portfolio provides a panoramic view of that person's professional development experiences--and thereby also serves to measure the contribution to those experiences made by the educational institution from which that individual hopes to graduate.