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ERIC Number: EJ1107807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
ePortfolios: Promoting Special Educator Adaptive Expertise through Reflection in a Web-Based Learning Community
De Arment, Serra T.; Wetzel, Angela P.; Reed, Evelyn
International Journal of ePortfolio, v3 n2 p149-160 2013
In an era of accountability, teachers must be prepared to adapt to the variability they encounter in today's classrooms. Instead of knowing only routine responses to the challenges of practice, teachers need a repertoire that is characterized by adaptive expertise. Preservice preparation can foster teacher candidates' adaptive expertise through the use of ePortfolios as web-based learning communities built upon reflection and feedback. This article reviews the literature on adaptive expertise and uses a learning-to-teach-in-community framework to explain the value of ePortfolios for supporting the development of adaptive expertise. Further, a design and evaluation plan is presented for an ePortfolio-based learning community in which special education teacher candidates practice the skills and dispositions necessary for adaptive expertise through reflection prompts that are based on real-world classroom cases and receive feedback from program faculty and practicing special educators.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia
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