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

By Peter C. O'Brien and Nick Osbaldiston

Abstract

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

Topics: 160809 Sociology of Education, Governmentality, Analytics of Government, ePortfolio
Publisher: IGI Global, Information Science Reference
Year: 2010
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:31215
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