Knowing Thyself: A Portfolio Approach to Student Self assessment


  • E. Nick Maddox
  • Monique Forte
  • Robert W. Boozer


Self-assessment instruments, exercises, activities, and worksheets are frequently used in management education and experiential learning to help learners increase their general and specific self-knowledge and awareness. Experiential educators assert that self-knowledge derived from self-assessment activities and debriefings allows learners to make better career decisions while understanding their strengths and weaknesses as potential employees and managers. In this paper, we will describe the portfolio approach to learner self-assessment that has been used in a number of different management courses. Further, we will describe some of the standard and innovative self-assessment methods that can be included in a portfolio approach to promote learner self-awareness.