The Performance of Reflection: A Grounded Analysis of Prospective Teachers’ ePortfolios
Michael Thomas, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States ; Katrina Liu, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, United States
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 20, Number 3, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA
This paper reports on a grounded theory analysis of prospective teachers’ online reflections in an ePortfolio system as part of a university-based teacher preparation program requirement. Results indicate that prospective teachers tend to showcase or “sunshine” their teaching and learning experiences rather than reflect on them analytically and critically. This “sunshining” is accomplished by carelessly using academic buzzwords, whitewashing negative experiences by using down toners and blaming others for problems in their classrooms as expressed in their online reflections. The research also revealed some major reasons that contribute to why prospective teachers reflected in the way they did. This implies that authentic reflective processes must be better supported in online ePortfolio systems by teacher educators and ePortfolio designers.
Thomas, M. & Liu, K. (2012). The Performance of Reflection: A Grounded Analysis of Prospective Teachers’ ePortfolios. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 20(3), 305-330. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education.
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