Making Sense of Portfolios

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-05-01
  • Publisher: Open University Press
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This accessible book provides a guide to the context of portfolio development and its importance not just to assessment but to the patient experience. All students undertaking pre-registration nursing qualifications are required to complete a portfolio as part of their formal assessment, in order to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to provide evidence of achievements in practice.Fiona Timmins offers a handy guide to approaching, putting together and developing an effective portfolio, helping you answer questions like: What should be in my portfolio? How should I present it? How will my portfolio be assessed? Reflection points and portfolio examples make the book easy to use.Key topics covered include: Learning in the context of the portfolio The purpose of portfolios Reflection and reflective practice Competence in nursing Portfolio content Portfolio structure The portfolio in operation Making Sense of Portfoliosis essential reading for all pre- and post-registration nursing students looking for a clear and accessible guide to creating and developing a portfolio.

Author Biography

Fiona Timmins is Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and boxesp. viii
Learning in the Context of the Portfoliop. 1
Introductionp. 1
How do people learn?p. 4
Adult learningp. 6
Identifying learning needsp. 15
Learning from experiencep. 16
Conclusionp. 18
Summary of key pointsp. 19
Recommended further readingp. 19
Referencesp. 19
The Purpose of Portfoliosp. 22
Introductionp. 22
Defining 'portfolio'p. 23
The portfolio as a mechanism for continuing professional development (CPD)p. 24
The contribution of the portfolio to support student learning in practicep. 26
The portfolio as an assessment toolp. 36
Using the portfolio to assess competencep. 44
Conclusionp. 47
Summary of key pointsp. 47
Recommended further readingp. 48
Referencesp. 48
Reflection and Reflective Writingp. 52
Introductionp. 52
Background to reflection in nursingp. 54
Models of reflectionp. 57
Reflective writingp. 65
Ethical and legal issuesp. 69
Conclusionp. 71
Summary of key pointsp. 72
Recommended further readingp. 72
Referencesp. 72
Competence in Nursingp. 76
Introductionp. 76
What is competence?p. 77
Assessment of competencep. 79
Assessment of competence using portfoliosp. 84
Conclusionp. 90
Summary of key pointsp. 91
Recommended further readingp. 91
Referencesp. 91
Portfolio Contentp. 95
Introductionp. 95
Relevant material for inclusion in the portfoliop. 97
What should the portfolio look like?p. 107
Putting it all togetherp. 109
Conclusionp. 111
Summary of key pointsp. 112
Recommended further readingp. 112
Referencesp. 113
Portfolio Structurep. 115
Introductionp. 115
Getting startedp. 117
Using evidence within the portfoliop. 128
Selecting a model of reflectionp. 131
Conclusionp. 143
Summary of key pointsp. 144
Referencesp. 144
The Portfolio in Operationp. 148
Introductionp. 148
Working with a mentorp. 149
Working with your mentor to put the portfolio togetherp. 153
Gathering the evidencep. 156
Conclusionp. 161
Summary of key pointsp. 162
Referencesp. 162
Indexp. 165
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