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ERIC Number: EJ868625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1523
Portfolios in Context: A Comparative Study in Two Preservice Teacher Education Programs
Fiedler, Rebecca L.; Mullen, Laurie; Finnegan, Margaret
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v42 n2 p99-122 Win 2009
Portfolio authoring tools within teacher preparation institutions have changed dramatically as portfolios have moved from paper to electronic formats and now to the Web. This study used Engestrom's Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (1987) to examine how portfolio tools, along with external influences and institutional contexts, mediate the experiences of preservice teachers creating program-required portfolios. The analysis revealed the networked nature of portfolio authorship and tensions arising from the network of activity. The findings can help accreditation officials, college administrators, and portfolio leaders better understand the impact of these programs on preservice teachers in order to inform policy and implementation. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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