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E-portfolios in teacher education 2002-2009: the social construction ofdiscourse, design and dissemination
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Interactive Media and Learning (IML).
2010 (English)In: European Journal of Teacher Education, ISSN 0261-9768, E-ISSN 1469-5928, Vol. 33, no 3, 309-322 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper reports on a study of the experiences of teacher educators in the introduction and development of e-portfolios over an eight-year period from 2002 to 2009 at a Swedish university. The study was conducted with 67 teacher educators in order to investigate how e-portfolios have been discussed, designed, used and disseminated during this period. Research methods involved 25 narrative interviews and a questionnaire that was completed by 42 participants. The theoretical framework of Basil Bernstein, particularly his concepts of classification, framing, educational codes and pedagogical devices, was used to analyse the data. The paper presents a discussion of the contextual circumstances in relation to classification, framing and codes that affect the social construction of e-portfolios. The results point to parallel processes resulting in a variety of discourses and designs of e-portfolios and highlighting the importance of the social construction of e-portfolios across the teacher education faculty, rather than merely their implementation

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 33, no 3, 309-322 p.
Keyword [en]
e-portfolio; teacher education; social construction; discourse; design
Research subject
educational work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-37966DOI: 10.1080/02619761003767882ISI: 000280154700007OAI: diva2:371312
Available from: 2010-11-23 Created: 2010-11-19 Last updated: 2013-05-03Bibliographically approved
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1. ICT and learning in teacher education: The social construction of pedagogical ICT discourse and design
Open this publication in new window or tab >>ICT and learning in teacher education: The social construction of pedagogical ICT discourse and design
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background In recent decades, system-wide policies and substantial resources have been directed towards enhancing the use of ICT in learning contexts. This development can be observed at international and national levels. However, reports have indicated a ’slow uptake’ of the use of ICT for pedagogical purposes among compulsory schools and teacher education institutions. Although the teacher education at Umeå University follows this pattern, there have been several initiatives in using ICT for learning in the teacher education programmes. The aim of this study is to scrutinise the process in which ICT-supported methods for learning have been introduced, used and disseminated throughout teacher education.

Methods Three ICT-supported methods for teaching and learning were chosen for this study: digital individual development planning (IUP), blogs and e-portfolios. To capture teachers’ and students’ experiences of introducing the pedagogical use of ICT, 115 interviews were conducted and four questionnaires were administered over a four-year period (2006-2010). Course documents and observations of blogs and e-portfolios supplied additional data. Hermeneutics was chosen as the methodological approach. Thematic content analysis was carried out in the first three part-studies, and theoretical frameworks suited for the identified themes were chosen for the analyses. Since pedagogical discourses appeared to be important, discourse analysis was used in the fourth part-study. A final meta analysis has been carried out and is presented later in this thesis.

Results In Umeå, as in other countries, teacher education has been slow to adopt ICT for learning. Still, the use of ICT for learning has increased over time. ICT-supported methods such as IUP, blogs and e-portfolios have found their way into the context through a recontextualisation process in which ICT discourses and designs are socially constructed. However, the recontextualisation process could merely be found within sub-fields, such as teacher teams and project groups, since in the main-field (i.e. teacher education) traditional ways of teaching and learning have been internalised. These traditions hold symbolic capital, and teachers who have the means to do so will act according to their habitus and defend the traditions. The recontextualisation process will therefore be kept within the sub-fields, and the dissemination will be limited. Furthermore, the sub-fields are rather isolated from one another, and therefore pedagogical ICT discourses and designs are created in varied ways. However, none of them could be regarded as internalised, and the social construction of pedagogical ICT discourse and design has to be considered to be still ‘under construction’.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Interaktiva medier och lärande (IML), Umeå universitet, 2011. 52 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar i pedagogiskt arbete, ISSN 1650-8858 ; 40
Teacher education, ICT, Social construction, discourse, design
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Research subject
educational work
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43489 (URN)978-91-7459-212-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-05-27, HUM-huset, Hörsal G, Umeå universitet, UMEÅ, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2011-05-06 Created: 2011-05-02 Last updated: 2011-05-05Bibliographically approved

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