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The use of eportfolios as a pedagogical tool for leadership preparation and development in education

David Giles (School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)
Michael Bell (School of Education, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)

Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education

ISSN: 2050-7003

Article publication date: 14 September 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

A critical function of leadership formation is the leader’s deepening sensitivity, reflexivity, and self-reflection on one’s own, and others, practice. A particular tool that has potential to support such endeavour is the eportfolio (EP) (currently referred to as a personal learning space). The paper aims to discuss these issues.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper presents a personal report from a collaborative self-study which focused on the usefulness and potential of EPs as a tool for leadership formation that might: first, support learning enquiries, second, enable contemplative thinking and reflection, and third, coordinate personal representations of “who” we are.

Findings

Having engaged as academics in a collaborative quest to embrace the technology of EPs in the everyday professional lives, while also critiquing the influence and power of the tool, the authors present a personal position for the use of EPs in leadership programmes as well as some critical dimensions that appear to awaken and enable self-reflective practices.

Originality/value

As a tool which can enable leadership formation, EPs can evoke individual and collective voice within a generative and shared space.

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Citation

Giles, D. and Bell, M. (2015), "The use of eportfolios as a pedagogical tool for leadership preparation and development in education", Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 443-452. https://doi.org/10.1108/JARHE-12-2012-0070

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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