Views of Academicians, School Administrators, and Teachers Regarding the Use of E-portfolios in Transition from Elementary Education to Secondary Education

Author/s: Sibel Ada, Hande Tanberkan Suna, Fuat Elkonca, Ismail Karakaya

DOI: 10.12738/estp.2016.2.0148 

Year: 2016 Vol: 16 Number: 2

Abstract

The general purpose of this study is to determine the views of academicians, school administrators, and teachers regarding the effects that can emerge from the use of e-portfolios as alongside the central joint exam in the transition from elementary education to secondary education. This research is a case study type from among the qualitative research designs. Data were obtained through interviews with academicians and school administrators; focus group discussions were carried out with the teachers. As a result, the view that the transition to a system that included e-portfolios would make a contribution to the period before the exam and ease exam anxiety gained importance. Furthermore, students’ learning was said to be able to be made more permanent. It was the common view that a transition system which would include e-portfolios would cause bias due to the technological infrastructure differences of schools from socio-economically different places. According to the results of this research, policy makers have been advised to inform all stakeholders in terms of the contributions such a system would make, to technologically adjust the physical infrastructure of schools, and to organize some specific training activities for teachers.

Keywords
E-portfolio, Transition system to secondary education, Central joint exams, Cluster analysis, Performance assessment

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