Embedding reflective practice in professional practice with portfolios

Bruce, Christine Susan (1999) Embedding reflective practice in professional practice with portfolios. In Pathways to Knowledge : Australian Library and Information Association 5th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Australian Library and Information Association, Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia.

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Completing a professional portfolio as part of coursework gives beginning library and information professionals a tool which helps them bridge the gap between being a student and a practitioner. Portfolios require them to reflect on their learning outcomes, so that they can communicate these to employers, and encourage them to design strategies for professional development. Portfolios promote reflective practice and may continue to be used in the workplace. They are also a useful mechanism for established librarians who wish to record their professional growth, plans and contributions. The idea may even be applied to monitoring the achievements and performance of whole libraries or smaller units within libraries.

The first part of this paper reviews portfolios as a tool for reflecting on, showcasing and developing the practice of entry level library and information professionals. Examples of portfolio contents, and reactions to the process, in this part of the paper come from students, (now colleagues), who have recently completed the Graduate Diploma of Information Studies [GDLIS] at the Queensland University of Technology [QUT].

The potential of portfolios as a reflective professional development tool raises interesting possibilities for organisations, educational programs and professional associations. For example, LIS educators could consider strengthening the role of portfolios in courses; organisations could use them as part of the employee selection process; and professional associations such as ALIA could use them as one mechanism for recognising professional status, or establish them as a recommended professional development tool. These roles for the portfolio form the focus of the second half of this paper.

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ID Code: 62354
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
ISBN: 0868045519
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Deposited On: 08 Sep 2013 22:38
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