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International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship

Ed. by Andrusyszyn, Mary-Anne / Cragg, Catherine Elizabeth / Goldenberg, Dolly / Iwasiw, Carroll Louise / Maltby, Hendrika J.

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Creating a Culture of Evidence in Nursing Education Using Student Portfolios

Jeanette Rossetti1 / Nancy Oldenburg2 / Julie Fisher Robertson3 / Sharon M. Coyer4 / Mary E. Koren5 / Bradley Peters6 / Connie Uhlken7 / Kathleen Musker8

1Northern Illinois University,

2Northern Illinois University,

3Northern Illinois University,

4Northern Illinois University,

5Northern Illinios University School of Nursing,

6Northern Illinois University,

7Northern Illinois University,

8Northern Illinois University,

Citation Information: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship. Volume 9, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1548-923X, DOI: 10.1515/1548-923X.2415, June 2012

Publication History

Published Online:
2012-06-09

There has been a growing interest in the use of portfolios to assess nursing student progress in areas such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication. The data obtained from student portfolios can be used to improve undergraduate nursing curricula; however in order for change to occur, closing the assessment feedback loop is essential. The portfolio program of one Midwestern school of nursing has successfully used portfolio evidence to effect undergraduate curricular change. This portfolio program, under the direction of the school’s Portfolio Subcommittee, involves active participation by students, faculty and administration. Examples of curricular improvements based on portfolio findings included increasing rigor in course assignments, improving student self reflection, promoting students’ ability to write in the discipline, and maintaining writing assignments in larger classes.

Keywords: nursing; portfolio; assessment; evidence

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