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Tutor perceptions of the use of a reflective portfolio within a pastoral tutor system to facilitate undergraduate personal development planning

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Janice EllisORCiD, Dr Ross Hobson, Professor Paula WaterhouseORCiD, Dr John Meechan, Dr Stephen Hogg, Professor John Whitworth, Professor Mark Thomason


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All Higher Education Institutions in the UK are now required to provide transcripts of student activity and outcomes of summative assessments. In addition, the student should be able to reflect on their learning and plan their own development. This article reports on the staff evaluation of the use of a reflective portfolio facilitating the production of highly individualised personal development plans within an existing tutor system. A number of significant issues are highlighted; tutor systems adopting this approach must maintain flexibility for managing student crises when they arise, the difference between appraisal and assessment needs clear definition for both students and tutors, training in basic mentoring skills should be provided for all tutors, tutors should be aware of the difficulties many students experience with reflection and also be alert to the over reflective learner.

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Author(s): Ellis JS, Hobson RS, Waterhouse PJ, Meechan JG, Hogg SD, Whitworth JM, Thomason JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Dental Education

Year: 2006

Volume: 10

Issue: 4

Pages: 217-225

ISSN (print): 1396-5883

ISSN (electronic): 1600-0579

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2006.00420.x


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