You are here:

The Diffusion of Electronic Portfolios in Teacher Education: Issues of Initiation and Implementation


Journal of Research on Technology in Education Volume 37, Number 4, ISSN 1539-1523


This descriptive study investigates the diffusion of electronic portfolios in preservice teacher education by documenting the context and emergent practices in six programs identified as mature in their implementation. Context variables examined include prior use of paper portfolios, pressures for standards-based assessment, and leadership and governance issues. Variations in program implementation are also explored including the portfolio tools employed, artifact selection, evaluation of student work, and the role of reflection. Findings of the study suggest that amidst the common themes across programs, there are numerous variations in approaches to e-portfolio use. The authors conclude that further research is needed to examine the future directions for e-portfolios envisioned as well as specific advice for those in earlier stages of adoption or implementation.


Strudler, N. & Wetzel, K. (2005). The Diffusion of Electronic Portfolios in Teacher Education: Issues of Initiation and Implementation. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 37(4), 411-433. Retrieved May 6, 2021 from .

This record was imported from ERIC on April 18, 2013. [Original Record]

ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Copyright for this record is held by the content creator. For more details see ERIC's copyright policy.


Cited By

View References & Citations Map

These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact