ePortfolios and preservice teachers: governing at a distance through non-human actors

O'Brien, Peter, and Osbaldiston, Nick (2010) ePortfolios and preservice teachers: governing at a distance through non-human actors. In: Ragusa, Angela T., (ed.) Interaction in Communication Technologies and Virtual Learning Environments: human factors. Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 170-192.

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This chapter seeks to develop an analysis of the contemporary use of the ePortfolio (Electronic Portfolio) in education practices. Unlike other explorations of this new technology which are deterministic in their approach, the authors seek to reveal the techniques and practices of government which underpin the implementation of the e-portfolio. By interrogating a specific case study example from a large Australian university's preservice teacher program, the authors find that the e-portfolio is represented as eLearning technology but serves to govern students via autonomization and self responsibilization. Using policy data and other key documents, they are able to reveal the e-portfolio as a delegated authority in the governance of preservice teachers. However, despite this ongoing trend, they suggest that like other practices of government, the e-portfolio will eventually fail. This however the authors conclude opens up space for critical thought and engagement which is not afforded presently.

Item ID: 37399
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1616922226-9
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2015 00:23
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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