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Professional Learning Portfolios for Argumentation in School Science

Simon, Shirley and Johnson, Sue and Johnson, Susan (2008) Professional Learning Portfolios for Argumentation in School Science. International Journal of Science Education, 30 (5). pp. 669-688. ISSN 0950-0693

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Abstract

This paper reports on the use of portfolios in a continuing professional development programme to advance teachers’ skills in their pedagogy of argumentation. The programme adopted a cyclical process of expert input- teacher practice- sharing practice, in order for professional learning to include reflective analysis of growing accomplishment. Accomplishment was initially defined according to previous research and development on the teaching of argumentation, but was redefined during the programme as teachers shared practice and discussed their achievements. Portfolios were used to help teachers apply their learning, collate evidence of their accomplishment and share reflective analysis of practice with other colleagues on the programme. The paper includes extracts of two teachers’ portfolios; these provide evidence of each teacher’s developing accomplishment in the teaching of argumentation. Portfolios are idiosyncratic and are constructed according to an individual teacher’s motivations, interpretations and situations. Teachers need structure and guidance in creating purposeful portfolios that enhance reflective practice.

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Additional Information: S. Simon is submitting this publication The article reports on research into the use of portfolios for professional development purposes. It is original, in that this work has not been undertaken in this context elsewhere (to date). This is an electronic version of an article published in Simon, Shirley and Johnson, Sue (2008) Professional Learning Portfolios for Argumentation in School Science. International Journal of Science Education, 30 (5). pp. 669-688. International Journal of Science Education is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/09500690701854873
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Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2009 15:37
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:09
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