The Application of Portfolios as a Method of Assessment at the Undergraduate and Graduate Levels in the Music Content Area

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jason Brian Atkinson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Janita Byars

Abstract: This study examines the development of a pilot portfolio program for the University of North Carolina (UNCP)Music Department for students who are currently enrolled in their undergraduate and graduate degree programs. To begin the process, the writer develops and administers a portfolio questionnaire for faculty, staff, and students who are currently involved in a collegiate portfolio program. The writer also reviews related literature and provides an overview for the reader concerning the background of portfolios. An examination of current collegiate programs guides the design of a pilot portfolio program at UNCP. The faculty and staff of the UNCP Music Department developed student learning outcomes (SLOs) for all of the course that are offered in each of their respective degree programs. Three undergraduate and three graduate students at UNCP are selected to participate in the pilot program. Through direct observation and interaction, the writer discusses the processes that occur with regard to focused learning as students make progress toward compiling a portfolio. The focused learning is demonstrated through the development of self-reflective statements by the students regarding the selected artifacts and the relevance to the SLOs for the specific courses. Appendices include questionnaire results, SLO charts, templates, and rating scales.

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Language: English
Date: 2005
Collegiate Portfolio Program, Student Learning Outcomes, Pilot Portfolio Program, Music, Music Education

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