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The learning portfolio as a tool for stimulating reflection by student teachers

The topic of this study is the portfolio that is being used in a teacher education institute as an instrument for stimulating reflection on their development as teachers by student teachers.

Désirée Mansvelder-Longayroux
06 December 2006
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This reflection can be seen in the themes student teachers have written in their portfolios. The nature of reflection has been described by means of content analysis. The student teachers in this study mainly used their portfolios for examing what they had done and learned and much less for learning from these experiences. The results show that teacher education institutes must be very clear about what they aim at with reflection. Subsequently portfolio supervision and the use of the portfolio should be much better geared to this. Whether the portfolio is a suitable instrument for using in educating teachers should also be discussed.

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