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ERIC Number: EJ834060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1040-2454
The Role of Electronic Portfolios in the Hiring of K-12 Teachers
Strawhecker, Jane; Messersmith, Ken; Balcom, Amanda
Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, v24 n2 p65-71 Win 2007-2008
This mixed-method study explored the perspectives of principals involved in the hiring process of K-12 teachers in one Midwestern state. Participants' survey data was used to examine the pros and cons of portfolios, to determine preferences in portfolio contents and electronic delivery method, and to investigate what predictors significantly relate to participants' use of electronic portfolios. Findings for the benefits and limitations of employment portfolios show consistencies with past studies and one additional benefit--evaluating a candidate's organizational skills. Viewing video clips of candidates interacting with children received favorable reviews by participants with more than 64% of the participants desiring to see such an artifact. Using a DVD as a potential electronic delivery method was also revealed to be a desirable alternative to CDs although URLs were most preferred. Finally, principals' past use of electronic portfolios and years of experience as hiring officials were found to be statistically significant predictors of future electronic portfolio use. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A