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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Quinn, Magdalena Katarzyna
Email mugsyquinn@yahoo.co.uk
URN etd-06152011-093259
Document Title The potential use of a personal portfolio for identity development of an adolescent
Degree MEd
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Dr S Bester Supervisor
  • constrcutivist-interpretivist
  • life story
  • post-modern narrative counselling
  • self-knowledge
  • self-exploration
  • identity crisis
  • identity
  • identity development
  • identity construction
  • personal portfolio
  • adolescent
Date 2011-04-12
Availability unrestricted
This study focuses on how a Personal Portfolio can facilitate the narration of an adolescentís life story and the outcome on self understanding. An instrumental case study that was exploritative and descriptive in nature was used to gain insight into the potential value of using a Personal Portfolio to reflect an adolescentís quest for identity development. Data were collected by means of Personal Portfolio activities, open-ended interviews, tape-recordings of participant interviews, reflective reports written by the research participant as well as observations and field notes recorded in a diary by the researcher.

The thematic analysis of the data was done within a constructivist-interpretivist framework. Five core categories: Identity Crisis/Confusion, Identity Exploration,Identifying Developmental Assets, Unresolved Past Issues, and the Experience of Compiling a Personal Portfolio emerged. These core categories were further linked to sub-categories and related themes.

This study found that compiling a Personal Portfolio supported the research participantís quest for identity. In particular, it facilitated a process of self exploration regarding career choice and sexual identity and resulted in increased self-knowledge, an awareness of personal assets and an overall improved sense of self-worth and self-confidence. This study also provided the research participant with a platform to work from and the means to solve some personal problems. The study further more concluded that a Personal Portfolio is a cost effective method that is suitable for use in a diverse South African context which could be utilised by counsellors and educators with their task to assist adolescents with their identity development.

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Please cite as follows:

Quinn, MK 2010, The potential use of a personal portfolio for identity development of an adolescent, MEd dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06152011-093259/ >


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