Using portfolios for assessment: problems of reliability or standardisation?

Jim Freeman, Bland Tomkinson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Portfolios are increasingly used in professional education, not least in courses for new academic staff. This study looks at the portfolio marking practices over eight intakes on a Postgraduate Certificate programme and sets out to analyse variations between different markers. It concludes that the main problems arise from the standardisation of the marking, rather than its reliability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnhancing Higher Education Theory and Scholarship
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 30th HERDSA Conference
Place of PublicationAdelaide, Australia
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • portfolios, assessment, professional education


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