Critical & Creative Thinking Graduate Program

Reflective Practice and Metacognitive Portfolios


Contents: Rationale, Mechanics, Index Of Portfolios. See also CCT Website, cct wiki, Exit self-assessments.

Rationale

A portfolio often means a showcase or a display for others of achievements, but the "Reflective Practice and Metacognitive Portfolio" (RPP) is designed to be a self-customized tool box and set of reminders that students intend to use in their on-going learning and practice (including their work beyond/after CCT) embedded in a narrative.
This narrative should be updated each semester after reflecting on themes and connections across courses. The minimum tool-box would include specific assignments in each course designed so that they could be components in a portfolio.

Asking students to build this kind of portfolio during their studies matches the goals of personal and professional development captured by the Program overview, excerpted below (from files/overview.html), with emphasis added here. The original pilot program is now a formal requirement in the M.A.program of studies.





Mechanics

Portfolio = Narrative + self-customized tool box and set of reminders.
The toolbox/reminders might include each of the components designed with the Portfolio in mind from the required courses plus optional additions from any other course, or other pieces chosen by the student. Excerpts from the toolbox/reminders or other pieces may be woven into the narrative.

The portfolio should be updated each semester (or two if the student is moving slowly through the program). With each update, additions should be made to the narrative. Sometimes, however, the previous narrative will be superseded and the old version might become an exhibit to show the student's evolving process.

The portfolio can be assembled in a number of ways: as an all-in-one word/pdf file; as a wikipage on which the student presents a narrative that includes links to exhibit files, or in other forms (e.g., RPP on a personal website). When all is said and done, the portfolio (minus any sections that the student wants to keep private) should be linked to this site and available for others to view, reflect on, and be inspired by.

All wikis, blogs, or uploaded files created by students and linked here must begin with the student's initials in uppercase. (If the initials have already been "taken" by a previous student, add an extra letter in lower case, e.g., PTa for Peter Taylor.)

See instructions for how-to's about wikis.

A show-and-tell introduction will often be part of CCT orientations and by perusing how the portfolios below have been constructed.

Index of Portfolios

Note (22 Oct '09): The portfolios produced before the RPP became a formal program requirement go beyond the guidelines above and have their own distinctive approaches. (They are often more like a showcase than a toolkit.) When some model RPP's are available, these will be highlighted so that subsequent students can refer to them as models.
(To students: Send your portfolio or a link to it to cct@umb.edu.)

Casey Andrews
Jeremy Szteiter