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ePortfolios and preservice teachers : governing at a distance through non-human actors.

O'Brien, Peter C. (2010) ePortfolios and preservice teachers : governing at a distance through non-human actors. In Ragusa, Angela T. (Ed.) Interaction in communication technologies and virtual learning environments: Human factors. IGI Global, Information Science Reference, Hershey, Penn., pp. 170-193.

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    Abstract

    This chapter seeks to develop an analysis of the contemporary use of the ePortfolio (Electronic Portfolio) in education practices. Unlike other explorations of this new technology which are deterministic in their approach, the authors seek to reveal the techniques and practices of government which underpin the implementation of the e-portfolio. By interrogating a specific case study example from a large Australian university’s preservice teacher program, the authors find that the e-portfolio is represented as eLearning technology but serves to govern students via autonomization and self responsibilization. Using policy data and other key documents, they are able to reveal the e-portfolio as a delegated authority in the governance of preservice teachers. However, despite this ongoing trend, they suggest that like other practices of government, the e-portfolio will eventually fail. This however the authors conclude opens up space for critical thought and engagement which is not afforded presently.

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    ID Code: 31215
    Item Type: Book Chapter
    Keywords: Governmentality, Analytics of Government, ePortfolio
    ISBN: 9781605668741
    Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
    Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
    Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
    Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IGI Global
    Deposited On: 09 Mar 2010 09:18
    Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 03:08

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