Special needs education, e-learning and the reflective e-portfolio: implications for developing and assessing competence in pre-service education.

Jacqueline Lambe, Victor McNair, Ron Smith

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This paper reports on the use of e-portfolios to assess aspects of a one year, post-graduate pre-service teacher education programme within the specific context of special needs education. The rationale for using an e-portfolio for programme assessment is discussed and the potential it offers in demonstrating a range of teaching competencies. Participants in the study were challenged to develop their individual e-portfolio by selecting and presenting evidence for assessment drawn from a wide range of sources and to reflect upon their personal, academic and pedagogical learning and development across the pre-service year. The paper also reports on the individual student experience of building an e-portfolio and attitudes towards its use for assessment purposes within pre-service education and beyond. It also considers future potential for using e-portfolios across all phases of teacher education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-196
JournalJournal of Education for Teaching: international research and pedaglgy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2 Apr 2013

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  • assessment
  • e-portfolios
  • pre-service education
  • special educational
  • needs (SEN)


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