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ERIC Number: EJ1107846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
ePortfolios Reveal an Emerging Community of Underrepresented Minority Scholars
Singer-Freeman, Karen; Bastone, Linda; Skrivanek, Joseph
International Journal of ePortfolio, v4 n1 p85-94 2014
We used ePortfolios to promote and assess identity change in a summer research program for 81 underrepresented minority community college students. We hypothesized that ePortfolios would increase students' development of academic identity, future orientation, and scholarly community. Students completed weekly ePortfolio journal entries and completed the Twenty Statements Test (in which students complete the statement "I am . . ." 20 times) during the first and final weeks of the program. We found that: (a) both ePortfolio entries and Twenty Statements Tests included increasing references to future orientation; (b) only ePortfolio entries included increasing references to academic identity and scholarly community; (c) changes reflected in ePortfolios were independent of changes evidenced in the Twenty Statements Tests; and (d) individual responses to both ePortfolios and the Twenty Statements Tests showed stability over time. We hypothesized that the inclusion of ePortfolios enhanced students' experience in our program. Similar types of identity shift are likely to be present in many high impact activities (e.g., internships, study abroad, learning communities). The use of ePortfolios in these contexts could have similar value.
Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia. North Instructional Plaza, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York
Grant or Contract Numbers: GM062012