Purpose and Pedagogy: A Conceptual Model for an ePortfolio

Catherine A. Buyarski*, Robert W. Aaron, Michele J. Hansen, Cynthia D. Hollingsworth, Charles A. Johnson, Susan Kahn, Cynthia M. Landis, Joan S. Pedersen, Amy A. Powell

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This conceptual model emerged from the need to balance multiple purposes and perspectives associated with developing an ePortfolio designed to promote student development and success. A comprehensive review of literature from various disciplines, theoretical frameworks, and scholarship, including self-authorship, reflection, ePortfolio pedagogy, and the psychology of hope and goal setting, set the groundwork for the model. The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ePortfolio includes 4 domains: (a) increasing understanding of self and others, (b) setting self-concordant goals, (c) developing hope, and (d) shaping education and career plans with a focus on facilitating students’ ability to integrate learning to promote meaning making and the development of purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)283-291
Number of pages9
JournalTheory Into Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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