The Benefits and Challenges of using Electronic Portfolios: A Case Study of Early Childhood Teacher Candidates
Esther Ntuli, Lydia Kyei-Blankson, Illinois State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Charleston, SC, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-67-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The use of electronic portfolios has gained momentum in today’s education of teachers. While many teacher education programs have adopted electronic portfolios in order to meet accreditation requirements, others hope that the use of electronic portfolios will help train students on how to better use technology in instruction and student assessment. Irrespective of the reasons for adoption, there is the need to assess students’ perceptions of electronic portfolios, and especially to explore the benefits and challenges students face in using electronic portfolios in their program of study. Using a qualitative research design, the current study explored teacher candidates’ attitudes toward electronic portfolios and the difference that electronic portfolios bring to their profession. Such a study is necessary in order for administrators to identify students’ needs to ensure that they are gaining the maximum benefits from the use of electronic portfolios in their programs of study.
Ntuli, E. & Kyei-Blankson, L. (2009). The Benefits and Challenges of using Electronic Portfolios: A Case Study of Early Childhood Teacher Candidates. In I. Gibson, R. Weber, K. McFerrin, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2009--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 89-94). Charleston, SC, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).