Proposal for a qualitative study of LIS students' self-assessment of growth and direction using Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology applied to intrapersonal examination of their ongoing eportfolio development

Linda Z. Cooper

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This paper presents ongoing work on the development of a study which will examine the use of Sense-Making Methodology applied to the intrapersonal consideration of personal electronic portfolios to assess growth and direction in a graduate level academic program. Brenda Dervin's Sense-Making Methodology has been applied to a myriad of situations in multiple contexts with a wide spectrum of people. It is applicable in contexts including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, mediated, organizational, and societal (Dervin et al, 2011). In this study it will be applied via intrapersonal self-interview to clarify direction in a graduate program through student examination of his or her eportfolio.

Keywords: sense-making methodology, eportfolios, reflection, self-assessment This paper presents ongoing work on the development of a study which will examine the use of Sense-Making Methodology applied to the intrapersonal consideration of personal electronic portfolios to assess growth and direction in a graduate level academic program. Brenda Dervin's Sense-Making Methodology has been applied to a myriad of situations in multiple contexts with a wide spectrum of people. It is applicable in contexts including intrapersonal, interpersonal, small group, mediated, organizational, and societal (Dervin et al, 2011). In this study it will be applied via intrapersonal self-interview to clarify direction in a graduate program through student examination of his or her eportfolio.

Keywords: sense-making methodology, eportfolios, reflection, self-assessment

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