ePortfolios and eGovernment : from technology to the entrepreneurial self

O’Brien, Peter, Osbaldiston , Nick, & Kendall, Gavin (2012) ePortfolios and eGovernment : from technology to the entrepreneurial self. Educational Philosophy And Theory.

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We analyse the electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) in higher education policy and practice. While evangelical accounts of the ePortfolio celebrate its power as a new eLearning technology, we argue that it allows the mutually-reinforcing couple of neoliberalism and the enterprising self to function in ways in which individual difference can be presented, cultured and grown, all the time within a standardised framework which relentlessly polices the limits of the acceptable and unacceptable. We point to the ePortfolio as a practice of (self-) government, arguing that grander policy coalesces out of a halting, experimental set of technological instruments for thinking about how life should be lived.

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ID Code: 49654
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)
Keywords: ePortfolio, Governmentality, Policy, Neoliberalism
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-5812.2011.00826.x
ISSN: 0013-1857
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
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 2012 The Authors. Educational Philosophy and Theory
Copyright 2012 Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia
Copyright Statement: The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2012 23:11
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2013 05:39

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