Portfolio as a tool for academic education and professional development: problems and challenges

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2. Method

This study aims at a comparison of the results of an empirical study with the results of a literature study.

2.1 Empirical study

In an exploratory enquiry problems related to the implementation of the electronic portfolio at Utrecht University were investigated. For this purpose a bottom up procedure was used. The researchers drew up a questionnaire for the enquiry, simply entitled Inventory of Portfolio Problems (‘IPP’), which itemized fourteen problem areas affecting the university’s digital portfolios and their use. For each problem (or cluster of problems) respondents were able to indicate the degree of their recognition of it by ticking one of three words: ‘fully’, ‘partly’ or ‘not’. They could also indicate that they had no experience of it, or that it was not applicable to the programme(s) about which they were being surveyed.
The list was based on experiences of IVLOS educational advisers who are and were involved with the implementation and fine-tuning of digital portfolios across a wide range of degree course programmes. Informal discussions were also held with representatives of various study programmes who were in a position to speak with authority about the portfolio situation in their own environments. Problems that these sources presented as connected issues have been included as clusters of problems in the questionnaire.
Through a member check the problems were then submitted to about 25 degree course programmes in the form of separate statements. This included a written discussion placing the problem clusters in an educational context and listing a number of recommendations. In addition to the answers indicated above, the questionnaire allowed respondents to explain every one of their answers, which they did extensively. The questionnaire concluded with two open questions. The first was a request to add any problems that did not appear on the list and the second was an appeal for additions and improvements to the suggested recommendations.
From the answers of the respondents (policy assistants, portfolio coordinators, study programme directors) data was thus assembled about the following programmes:

  • Combined arts and letters programmes

  • Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • Pharmacy (masters phase)

  • Information management

  • Physics

  • Geo-sciences

  • Psychology

  • Administrative and policy studies

  • Physiotherapy studies

  • Medicine

  • Medical internships

  • Nursing studies

In analysing the data the researchers concentrated on the frequency of the problems that occurred. Their paper lists the results in order of frequency, i.e. most frequently recognised problems (at least in part) appearing first. Although it must be noted that the number of respondents was too small to permit statistical assessment, they also looked at possible differences between academic fields. For this paper these differences are not relevant and therefore not mentioned. Accompanying the results are respondents’ written explanations to their scores, intended as qualitative data.

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