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ERIC Number: EJ1108639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2157-622X
The Use of ePortfolios to Support Metacognitive Practice in a First-Year Writing Program
Bowman, Jim; Lowe, Barbara J.; Sabourin, Katie; Sweet, Catherine Salomon
International Journal of ePortfolio, v6 n1 p1-22 2016
Recognizing the importance of meaningful reflective writing as an integral component to the portfolios used in the first-year program (FYP), faculty questioned whether a newly developed electronic portfolio offered any pedagogical benefits over the existing traditional paper portfolio. Of particular interest for this work was whether the use of ePortfolios might positively impact students' metacognitive skills. A study conducted with students and faculty in the FYP evaluated student understanding of purpose, significance, and relevancy in their reflective writings. Findings indicate that while both types of portfolios, electronic and traditional paper, contribute positively to students' learning related to "connections to the course," students completing an ePortfolio show heightened levels of metacognition in relation to "connections to learning" and "connections to career or personal goals."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (Rochester)
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