Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effectiveness of PE Portfolio for Enhancing Students' Learning

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Effectiveness of PE Portfolio for Enhancing Students' Learning

Article excerpt

The recent educational reform in Hong Kong calls for strengthening students' learning-to-learn ability. Portfolio learning is useful for achieving this. However, it has not been well documented in physical education. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of portfolio learning in the affective domain. By building the portfolio, students go through the processes of goal setting, assessment for learning, and reflection, which may enhance students' learning-to-learn ability. Two research questions were: Did students and teachers favor using portfolio in PE? Were there any differences in opinions of both groups after using portfolio? Both quantitative and qualitative methods were employed. The participants were 115 students of grades 10-12 from four schools and 9 teachers from seven schools. Students set their yearly learning goals in PE, kept self and peer assessment record on physical activity checklists, and inserted self-collected learning materials in the portfolio for 1 year. There were pre and post questionnaire surveys for students and teachers respectively, conducted at the beginning and end of the year, to tap their opinions and changes in thinking. Focus group meetings were also conducted as a triangulation measure. Both groups found portfolio useful in enhancing students' learning. For students, the means of the 6-item responses were close to or over 3 in the pre- and post questionnaires using a 4-point Likert-type scale, which showed they had a positive attitude towards PE portfolio. …

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