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The effects of portfolio-based advice on the development of self-directed learning skills in secondary vocational education

Abstract

This experimental study was designed to investigate whether supervision meetings, in which students receive specific advice on how to use a development portfolio to monitor their progress and plan their future learning, helps them to develop self-directed learning skills and improve their learning in the domain. In the first year of a hairdressing program in vocational education, supervision meetings were used to provide students with either specific advice or not. Students in the advice group (n = 21) formulated better learning needs, selected more suitable learning tasks, completed more practical assignments, and acquired more certificates than students in the feedback-only group (n = 22). Interviews also showed that students in the advice group appreciated the supervision meeting more and perceived them as more effective than students in the feedback-only group. Guidelines are provided for the use of development portfolios and the organization of supervision meetings in on-demand vocational education.

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This research project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO, The Hague, project no. 411-03-202).

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Table 5 Protocols for supervision meetings in both conditions

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Kicken, W., Brand-Gruwel, S., van Merriënboer, J.J.G. et al. The effects of portfolio-based advice on the development of self-directed learning skills in secondary vocational education. Education Tech Research Dev 57, 439–460 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-009-9111-3

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Keywords

  • Self-directed learning
  • Advice
  • Development portfolio
  • On-demand education
  • Secondary vocational education and training