Building Portfolios: Bridging a Technology Course and a Social Studies Methods Course
Nancy Brownell, Gregg Brownell, Nancy Patterson, Bowling Green State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper presents the student outcomes of a collaboration between a social studies methods instructor and the instructor of a classroom technology course in which students developed reflective learning portfolios. Student work that emerged from the collaboration was notable for demonstrated levels of technological skill as well as apparent degree of reflection on personal and professional development related to social studies teaching. An overview of the model used for portfolio development is described. The authors discuss how the collaborative effort evolved based on perceived needs of the students as well as the role portfolio development played in achieving learning goals. Student comments and reactions to using reflective learning portfolios are presented, as well as an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the produced portfolios and suggestions for future implementation of portfolios in these courses.
Brownell, N., Brownell, G. & Patterson, N. (2003). Building Portfolios: Bridging a Technology Course and a Social Studies Methods Course. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 137-143). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).