A systematic review of potential opportunities and challenges to the use of portfolios in Vietnam as an assessment tool

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Nguyen, Trang Tam, Richardson, Tony, Nguyen, Anh Ngoc, Vu, Tung Ngoc and Dang, Thao Thi Huong. 2023. "A systematic review of potential opportunities and challenges to the use of portfolios in Vietnam as an assessment tool." Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. 17 (5), pp. 894-908. https://doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2023.2194038
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A systematic review of potential opportunities and challenges to the use of portfolios in Vietnam as an assessment tool

ERA Journal ID35700
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsNguyen, Trang Tam, Richardson, Tony, Nguyen, Anh Ngoc, Vu, Tung Ngoc and Dang, Thao Thi Huong
Journal TitleInnovation in Language Learning and Teaching
Journal Citation17 (5), pp. 894-908
Number of Pages15
Year2023
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1750-1229
1750-1237
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/17501229.2023.2194038
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17501229.2023.2194038
Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this paper is to elaborate on the opportunities and challenges to the application of portfolios as an assessment tool in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classrooms at different educational levels in Vietnam, as explicitly and implicitly reported in the literature.

Design: This study is a combination of a narrative review, synthesising educational documents during 2014–2021, and a systematic review, resulting in 26 empirical studies during 1999–2021 to be included. The adopted approach to data analysis was inductive, deductive and thematic. Data extracting and coding were conducted manually with the aid of Microsoft Word tools.

Findings: The results indicate that enabling factors for the use of assessment portfolios included governmental documents; teachers’ and/or students’ awareness, attitudes and beliefs; available application of assessment portfolios and their benefits. However, practicality, reliability, validity and accuracy might pose certain challenges to this use.

Value: This study adds further insights into our current understandings of the opportunities and challenges to the use of assessment portfolios in international EFL contexts.

KeywordsAssessment portfolios; review of portfolios; use of portfolios; opportunities; challenges; Vietnam
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Byline AffiliationsMonash University
Hanoi National University of Education, Vietnam
School of Education
Vietnam National Institute of Educational Science, Vietnam
State University of New York, United States
VNU University of Languages and International Studies, Vietnam
Department of Foreign Languages, Vietnam
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