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The Power of Portfolios in Early Education

Course Number: ECE 179
Transcript Title: Power of Portfolios
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: September 25, 2013
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 10
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit

Course Description

Portfolios for children in early care and education programs are a powerful way to demonstrate children's skills, learning, development, and culture. Creating meaningful portfolios with children and families includes an observation plan, an organization system, and accessible technology (digital photography, scanners, etc.). Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Identify common components of child portfolios.
  2. Articulate various observation and organization plans to facilitate the collection of developmental information.
  3. Employ digital technology in organizing portfolio data and creating portfolio entries.
  4. Practice using portfolios to demonstrate development during parent conferences.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will:

  1. Attend and actively participate in class and small group activities.
  2. Complete written observations and assignments
  3. Complete a reflective journal.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Portfolio components.
  2. Collaborating with children and families in creating portfolios.
  3. Productive observation plans (assessment possibilities, observation schedules, focus on domains, etc.).
  4. Effective organization systems.
  5. Digital technology (digital photography, use of scanners, word processing and simple graphic design software use).
  6. Use of portfolios in parent conferences and EI/ECSE case conferences and in demonstrating achievement of standards.

Department Notes

This course is a 1-credit elective class. The 1-credit elective classes are designed to enhance the knowledge base of our degree-seeking students (who are required to take 6 – 10 credits of elective credit) while also providing an accessible, interesting, and relevant course to students who are seeking to meet their professional development requirements and/or who might have limited experience in the college setting.