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ERIC Number: EJ813133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1065-0741
The Impact of E-Portfolio Development on the Employability of Adults Aged 45 and over
Stevens, Hilary
Campus-Wide Information Systems, v25 n4 p209-218 2008
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to present the findings of an evaluative case study that used an electronic portfolio to enhance the employability of older adults. The evaluation sought to identify programme effects and highlight the factors that were instrumental in generating them. Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative inquiry methods were employed to gather the views of the mentor and programme participants. Findings: The findings suggest that the electronic portfolio programme gave participants a better understanding of their skills and attributes and increased their self-confidence, in particular in marketing themselves to employers. Four features of programme design were identified as instrumental: the electronic portfolio software; the process of reflection and evidence building; and mentor and group support. Research limitations/implications: The research is based on participants' subjective assessment of both their skills and the programme's effects and as such does not provide evidence of actual change in their performance (e.g. at interview). Practical implications: The findings suggest that the e-portfolio software alone would not have been sufficient in generating improved outcomes for participants. Programmes intending to introduce a technology-based approach to the provision of adult information, advice and guidance should acknowledge the importance of mentor-facilitation and the mutual support provided in a group environment. Originality/value: The originality of the study lies in the use of an e-portfolio with a non-traditional (older) audience. (Contains 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom