University of Delaware – Mastery ePortfolio Defense

The following practice, teacher candidate students’ defense of a mastery presentation-style ePortfolio (MPeP), constitutes part of a programmatic Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA) ePortfolio in Early Childhood Education.

Social pedagogy has been defined as a “design approach for teaching and learning that engages students with what we might call an “authentic audience” (other than the teacher), where the representation of knowledge for an audience is absolutely central to the construction of knowledge in a course” (Bass & Elmendorf, 2012). At the end of the senior year, teacher candidate students (TCs) in the Early Childhood Education capstone present and defend their mastery presentation-style ePortfolio (MPeP) to an authentic audience as one of the culminating experiences in their program. The MPeP captures the students’ documentation of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards. Although the TCs prepare all six NAEYC standards in their MPeP, for their defense they present one standard that is randomly chosen. The oral defense allows TCs to demonstrate the student learning outcome of communication to an authentic audience comprised of peers, faculty other than the instructor, and guests.

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