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A portfolio comprises, as a rule, a collection of pictures, documentation of learning progress, or academic performance records that have been selected by the child or adolescent. Educators or teachers may give them advice as they select work for their portfolios. The work selected should reflect the students’ interests and their development as well as what they have accomplished.

A portfolio can have various functions for a student, for instance, as a way of documenting and reflecting on their development, for grouping relevant documents together, or for individual assessment of achievement. This makes it a useful tool—also in the context of supporting giftedness—for helping students to see their individual learning progress and for establishing new learning goals.

The authors Nicole Miceli and Anne-Kathrin Stiller have developed this glossary together with the Fachportal Team. The glossary was translated by Daniel Shatwell and edited by Lisa Trierweiler.