How ePortfolios Support Development in Early Teacher Education

How ePortfolios Support Development in Early Teacher Education

Victor McNair (University of Ulster, Northern Ireland) and Kevin Marshall (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-935-9.ch172
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Abstract

This chapter reports on a pilot study which examined how student teachers of a one-year Post Graduate Certificate in Education course in Northern Ireland developed reflective ePortfolios and then used them to embed ICT in their first (Induction) year as qualified teachers. Two central themes emerged. First, the process of constructing the ePortfolio developed confidence among the beginning teachers which supported them when faced with the challenges of starting teaching. Second, the ePortfolio was used to ease the transition from Initial Teacher Education to Induction, but where there is a lack of critical reflection, barriers to professional development can emerge. These issues are discussed within the context of technology policy, teacher training, and emerging technology in Northern Ireland.

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