Educator Portfolio Template of the Academic Pediatric Association's Educational Scholars Program
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Designed for educators, the portfolio is a collection of information that documents educational efforts, activities, and scholarship. In our national faculty development program, this template is used as a developmental document. Throughout the program, scholars are expected to build their educator portfolio (EP) with mentoring and feedback from faculty. Ultimately, these materials will be used to create a "high stakes EP" for promotion review. This tool provides a template for the collection of information in a standardized manner. Standardization makes the portfolio suitable for internal peer review in promotion decisions, and also allows for external review. The template contains both quantitative and qualitative components. The qualitative elements promote reflective self assessment by users. Questions throughout stimulate users to consider criteria for scholarship. The purpose of each section is clearly defined. The instructions embedded in each section discuss important underlying educational principles to be considered during the development of the document. The authors have expertise in education and have experience developing and using portfolios in their academic careers. The template was created using a scholarly approach. The first step involved a critical appraisal of existing formats for portfolios and of the literature regarding their use. Using a modified Delphi process, we conducted multiple iterations of review and refinement of the template.
Gusic M, Chandran L, Balmer D, D'Alessandro D, Baldwin C. Educator Portfolio Template of the Academic Pediatric Association's Educational Scholars Program. MedEdPORTAL; 2007. Available from: www.mededportal.org/publication/626
- To develop a standardized template that documents one's educational activities and their outcomes.
- To stimulate and document thoughtful reflection on these activities.
- To integrate educational principles and the criteria governing scholarship in the instructions and in the qualitative elements of the portfolio.
- To create a template whose format allows a standardized approach to the appraisal and critique of the content of the portfolio.
- Educator Portfolio Template, Academic Career, Delphi Process, Fellowships and Scholarship (MeSH), Academic Pediatric Association's Educational Scholars Program
- Practice-based Learning & Improvement
- Clinical Sciences
- Clinical Skills/Doctoring
- Teaching Skills
- Professional & Faculty Development
- Professional School Post-Graduate Training
- Independent Study
Authors & Co-Authors
Maryellen Gusic, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Latha Chandran, MD, MPH
The School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Ctr
University of Iowa
Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia
Constance Baldwin, PhD
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Effectiveness and Significance
Health sciences educators often document their educational efforts using a curriculum vitae that is standard for the institution. Most such standard curriculum vitae do not provide an adequate forum to describe educational scholarship. Some institutions have begun using an educator portfolio but many of the currently available guidelines for the creation of the portfolio are specific to one's institution. Some rely primarily on quantitative data and do not incorporate components to promote reflection and self analysis. Few integrate educational principles and the criteria for scholarship explicitly. To our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive template that includes both qualitative and quantitative components. Educational principles are included with specific references to the literature. Users are stimulated to recall and then appraise their own application of these principles throughout the document. They must also examine their work using the criteria for educational scholarship. As a "developmental document," this template encourages users to reflect on their work and to use what they learn to guide their future educational efforts. The embedded instructions make this an easy tool for supervisors or mentors to use without any special training or expertise. This template is generalizable to all institutions and can be used by all types of educators within an organization. This template allows health sciences educators to document their educational activities and the results of their educational efforts. Standardization facilitates review of the information for academic performance review and promotion and tenure decisions for all health sciences educators. A standard format will also aid in the appraisal of a scholar's work by external reviewers. The effectiveness of this template as a developmental/teaching tool will be assessed as a part of the evaluation of the Pediatric Academic Association's Educational Scholars Program.
Special Implementation Guidelines or Requirements
Instructions embedded in the template facilitate its use. This educator portfolio template can also be used in the context of a mentoring relationship. Mentors can facilitate reflection by their protégés using the open-ended questions in the template. These questions provide a stimulus for self-analysis of the impact of one's work. Periodic and recurrent conversations arising from reviews of the document with the mentor will encourage the creation of a dynamic record of one's activities. This iterative process also allow scholars to apply what they have learned during previous educational activities to their future work.
The Pediatric Academic Association's Educational Scholars Program targets present or future faculty in academic pediatrics who wish to build their skills in educational scholarship. The program aims to teach Scholars how to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate educational interventions or evaluation methods by a creative, planned and rigorous process. The educator portfolio is used as a developmental document in this program. Creation of this document is a learning activity for the Scholars designed to promote full understanding and application of the principles of educational scholarship. The Scholars receive periodic and repeated feedback about their portfolio throughout the program from faculty. During the pilot of this template, we realized that young educators needed specific guidelines to enable them to complete their EPs successfully. The instructions were enhanced by the description of educational principles and of specific references from the literature. The guidelines were also augmented by specific examples of activities, teaching strategies, assessment tools, and evaluation strategies. Throughout completion of the EP, scholars are asked to use the principles of educational scholarship in their analysis of the results and impact of their work.
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Publications, Presentations, and/or Citations for this Publication
Baldwin, C. Educational Scholarship: An Introduction. Presentation to the PAS Educational Scholars Program, Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies, San Francisco, CA, May 9, 2006.