Personal Development Plans


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Personal Development Plans

Personal Development Plans Definition

A Personal Development Plan (PDP) is a form of portfolio assessment embedded within a larger development cycle. The PDP is also known as personal education planning (Evans et al., 2002), personal learning planning (Walker et al., 2003) and personal action planning (Challis, 2000). It is produced by identifying learning needs, often in collaboration with a tutor, appraiser or colleagues. Learning and professional development opportunities are selected to address the leaning needs and later they are reflected upon by the learner and appraiser.

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  • Beausaert, S., Segers, M., Fouarge, D. and Gijselaers, W. 2013. Effect of using a personal development plan on learning and development. Journal of Workplace Learning. 25(3), pp. 145-158.
  • Beausaert, S., Segers, M. and Gijselaers, W. 2011. The use of personal development plan and the undertaking of learning activities, expertise-growth, flexibility and performance: The role of supporting assessment conditions. Human Resource Development International. 14(5), pp. 527-543.
  • Bunker, A. and Leggett, M. 2004. Being wise about teaching portfolios: exploring the barriers to their development and maintenance. In: Sheehy, F. and Stauble, B. eds. Transforming Knowledge into Wisdom: Holistic Approaches to Teaching and Learning. Milperra, NSW: HERDSA, pp. 92-101.
  • Challis, M. (2000) AMEE Medical Education Guide No. 19: Personal learning plans. Medical Teacher, 22, 3, 225-236

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