Title: UNDERSTANDING TEACHER IDENTITY THROUGH THE USE OF EPORTFOLIOS WITH PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS

Year of Publication: 2013
Page Numbers: 20-27
Authors: Mingming Zhou, Stefanie Chye, Caroline Koh, Liu Woon Chia
Conference Name: The Second International Conference on e-Technologies and Networks for Development (ICeND2013)
- Malaysia

Abstract:


In this study, we shared findings from selected student teachers in National Institute of Education (a teacher education institution in Singapore) who have created eportfolios that presented their learning and teaching practicum experiences. The eportfolios were constructed with the aim to document their learning journey and teaching practices, and to reflect and showcase what they have achieved. Data were extracted from their eportfolio artifacts in order to seek evidence of their teacher identity formed during this process. The main research questions addressed in this paper were: ?What type of teacher identity was reflected through pre-service teachers’ use of eportfolios??; and ?How their teacher identity developed in different contexts over time?? The paper concluded that student teachers‘ identities evolved as they went through the teacher education program. Such identity constructions are never fixed, and develop under the influence of student teachers‘ surrounding contexts and experiences.