ePortfolios and eGovernment: from technology to the entrepreneurial self

O'Brien, Peter, Osbaldiston, Nick, and Kendall, Gavin (2014) ePortfolios and eGovernment: from technology to the entrepreneurial self. Educational Philosophy and Theory , 46 (3). pp. 284-295.

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Abstract

We analyse the electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) in higher education policy and practice.While evangelical accounts of the ePortfolio celebrate its power as a new eLearning technology, we argue that it allows the mutually-reinforcing couple of neoliberalism and the enterprising self to function in ways in which individual difference can be presented, cultured and grown, all the time within a standardised framework which relentlessly polices the limits of the acceptable and unacceptable. We point to the ePortfolio as a practice of (self-) government, arguing that grander policy coalesces out of a halting, experimental set of technological instruments for thinking about how life should be lived.

Item ID: 37395
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-5812
Keywords: ePortfolios; Foucault; governmentality
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2015 03:04
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160806 Social Theory @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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