In our last research brief, Maker Portfolios in Schools, we drew some parallels between the portfolio practices of many different school settings, from large public high schools in suburbia to small independent schools in the city. In all cases, these academic environments faced similar challenges to instituting portfolios as a norm in their spaces, as well as thinking through the “how” of using them in practice and in assessment.
Today, we release our fifth research brief: Maker Portfolios in Informal Education. Among others, three of the sites that we highlight in this brief are shining examples of informal making education at their best. Each varies widely in their approaches, particularly around designing and developing portfolios for youth, and as such, we know that there is much to learn from each individual site’s experiences.