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Missing the process for the product: Tension between instructor goals and student perceptions of ePortfolios as personalized action research

Missing the process for the product: Tension between instructor goals and student perceptions of ePortfolios as personalized action research

“While the school counseling instructor conceptualized the ePortfolio process and product as a form of personalized action research focusing on aspirational goals, the school counselors-in-training experienced the ePortfolio as a useful product for reflection and job preparation but did not grasp the process as a form of personalized action research.” (p.65) “Overall, the school counselors-in training saw ePortfolios as most beneficial for preparation for job interviews and for reflection on the work completed in the program. One student noted that the ePortfolio was “beneficial in reflection and to showcase your best work” (Participant 2) while another simply found it was a “digital version of a binder of completed work from graduate school” (Participant 1). ePortfolios did support aspirational goals of building confidence and community, especially through working with other cohort members in supporting each other and through the peer review process.” (p.69)

Wakimoto, D. K., Lewis, R. E., Rush, D., & Nogueiro, K. (2019). Missing the process for the product: Tension between instructor goals and student perceptions of ePortfolios as personalized action research. International Journal of EPortfolio, 9(2), 65-74.

Resource Theme(s): Developing capstone curriculum to enhance student achievement, Outcomes of reflective capstone experiences

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