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ERIC Number: EJ1107857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
Teaching vs. Research: An Approach to Understanding Graduate Students' Roles through ePortfolio Reflection
Svyantek, Martina V.; Kajfez, Rachel L.; McNair, Lisa D.
International Journal of ePortfolio, v5 n2 p135-154 2015
In this work, we examined the problem of preparing future faculty (graduate students) regarding their development in multiple roles, focusing on students in science and engineering disciplines. The purpose of the presented research was to address the questions, "Do graduate students believe that their current experiences align with the roles they will perform in their academic careers?" and "How do graduate students' perceptions of their professional roles change during the process of constructing portfolios?" We used the theoretical lens of role identity to guide this work; academic careers are typically categorized in terms of teaching, research, and service, which can be mapped as professional identity roles. We conducted a survey and focus groups with participants working through an ePortfolio development curriculum. Our findings suggest that there is a perception of misalignment between current and future roles, and that the construction of ePortfolios can be utilized to promote reflective practices leading to changed perceptions of those roles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1055595