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  • Saarinen, Auli; Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita; Hakkarainen, Kai (2019)
    The present researchers studied elementary school students’ use of electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) in their craft education over a three-year period. The data consisted of the textual and the visual content of the students’ (n= 38) ePortfolios. The students’ productions were analyzed and conceptualized through the qualitative analysis of content. Atlas.ti and SPSS programs were used to analyze, organize and visualize the data. The results indicate that the most emphasized areas in the textual content of students’ ePortfolios were a combination of the process and the free learning reflection. The process aspects of the work were also clearly dominant in the documented visual images in the ePortfolios. The results confirmed that if ePortfolios are used in a flexible way with appropriate, open assignments, variations on use and the end-product are self-evident. The ePortfolio method enables an individual, rich, and versatile learning reflection, which could be used as evidence of learning or as support for learning – including the required elements for each function.
  • Saarinen, Auli; Seitamaa-Hakkarainen, Pirita; Hakkarainen, Kai (2021)
    This paper analyses the longitudinal use of electronic portfolios (hereafter ePortfolios) in craft studies across six years (2013-18). Eight comprehensive school students participated in the study, tracing their craft process activities via photos, narratives, and tapings from the third to the ninth grade. The data involved self-assessment by the learners; peers and teachers were included in the textual content. The data also contained interviews, which were carried out in late spring 2019. The interview focused on students’ conceptions of the ePortfolio method and the central elements in constructing it and, finally, improvements of the ePortfolio method. The ePortfolio data was analysed by applying Anderson and Krathwohl’s taxonomy for learning, teaching, and assessing. The results revealed that students’ knowledge types transformed throughout those years, from versatile to more limited area and students’ cognitive process levels, from concrete to more abstract. The interview data supported these interpretations. The interviewees described the changes in their focus when tracing their learning processes; they considered visual and textual content, communication, and metacognitive knowledge as essential elements of ePortfolios. Suggested improvements of the ePortfolio addressed technical issues, platform demands, and practical functionalities.