ERIC Number: ED464708
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Digital Portfolios for Childhood Education. Research Reports.
This action research study developed, explored, and analyzed the use of digital portfolios as a multiperspective ecological assessment method in primary education learning environments in Finland. Participating in the study were kindergarten and primary school teachers who were challenged and encouraged to utilize networking and digital portfolios shared on the web to display, assess, and develop pedagogical practices and meaningful experiences in kindergartens and primary schools. A series of action research projects continued the focus on exploring the applicability of portfolio assessment in various learning environments and for the needs of diverse learners. Findings indicated that sufficient access to computers, peripherals, and information networks was necessary for sustainable digital portfolio development. However, it was more essential to have enthusiasm, a need for experimenting with new things, and a genuine desire to learn than to have access to the latest applications in information and communication technologies (ICT). The most central issues for the sustainable use and development of portfolios proved to be the definition of purposes for digital portfolios, consideration of the context and meaning of the institutional culture, provision of support for teachers, development of user-friendly technological tools, collaboration in the portfolio design and implementation, and reflection on ethical issues. Three case studies illuminate the varied ecologies and processes of portfolio development and identify the main content areas in the display of childhood learning environments. Appended are: (1) list of articles previously written on portfolio assessment; (2) content of questionnaires; (3) Web application for digital portfolio development; (4) description of data analysis; and (5) list of portfolio constructors in the study. (Contains 317 references.) (Author/KB)
Descriptors: Action Research, Case Studies, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Primary Education, Student Evaluation, Theories, World Wide Web
Institute for Educational Research, Customer Services, University of Jyvaskyla, P.O. Box 35, FIN-40351, Jyvaskyla, Finland (28 EUR). Tel: 358-14-260-3220; Fax: 358-14-260-3241; Web site: http://www.jyu.fi/ktl.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Academy of Finland, Helsinki.
Authoring Institution: Jyvaskyla Univ. (Finland). Inst. for Educational Research.
Identifiers - Location: Finland