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School Administrators' Perceptions of the Use of Electronic Portfolios in K-8 Teacher Hiring


Journal of Computing in Teacher Education Volume 22, Number 1, ISSN 1040-2454


This study analyzed the responses of K-8 human resource directors and principals to teacher education students' electronic portfolios used for hiring. From the focus groups several themes emerged. First, because the principals do not have much time to examine portfolios of any kind, the ideal electronic portfolio would include only a few clearly organized, relevant, and concise elements. Two artifacts may make the hiring portfolio more compelling: evidence of K-8 student achievement as a result of the applicant's teaching and a video clip of the applicant engaging children in learning. Principals found the video clips helpful in distinguishing among the candidates, but noted that a poor video could eliminate the applicant. The extent to which teacher education faculty should assist students in construction of artifacts was discussed.


Painter, S. & Wetzel, K. (2005). School Administrators' Perceptions of the Use of Electronic Portfolios in K-8 Teacher Hiring. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 22(1), 23-29. Retrieved October 22, 2019 from .

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