The Functions and Benefits of the ePortfolio in Craft Education at the Primary Level

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    Abstract

    The authors investigated primary school pupils’ experiences
    using an electronic portfolio in their craft education for a
    three year period, from the 3rd grade until the end of the
    5th grade. This article emphasizes the functions and the
    benefits of the ePortfolio method and outlines general user
    experiences based on pupil interviews (N=38), which
    recounted user experiences from the start of subject
    teaching in the 3rd grade. Data-driven content analysis with
    a summative approach was used to analyse these
    interviews. The results indicate that an ePortfolio (realized
    through the iPad application, Book Creator) is a workable
    method in craft education. When the use begins during the
    early school years, it is experienced as a natural part of the
    work process. The identified key functions were collection
    and management of information, communication and
    verification of development. The experienced benefits were
    related to supporting the working process; activities
    documented by the ePortfolio appeared to operate as
    stimuli to memory and elicited rehearsing of concepts in a
    way that deepened understanding of the past experiences.
    The ePortfolio method offers a balancing opportunity to
    regard design and making process in assessment. Despite
    being based on the pupils’ experiences, the results are
    relevant and useful for teachers when improving their
    pedagogical practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalDesign and Technology Education
    Volume21
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)29-40
    Number of pages12
    ISSN1360-1431
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Fields of Science

    • 516 Educational sciences
    • käsityötiede

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