Investigating electronic portfolio in pre-service teacher education in the Gulf Region

A. Alhammar

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    Keeping its higher education systems competitive in the 21st century, the technology era, is the vital task of higher education in the Gulf Region as well as throughout the world (Abdullah, 2001; Alaasemi, 2003; Al-Nagim, 2002; Watson, 2001). The use of the Internet and Web-based tools and support systems has been introduced in higher education settings, making the education systems more globalized and creating shareable platforms for new forms of peer collaboration and instructor-student communication. Processes that were previously limited in the extent to which peer collaboration, communication, and
    sharing could occur are now becoming electronic to overcome these limitations. An example are the processes relating to portfolio development. Portfolios have been used in teacher education programs for many years within different higher education settings worldwide.
    Developing portfolios in electronic form, supported by a Web-based system that integrates the portfolio development process with tools for peer review, communication, and more flexible feedback from the instructor, is an example of how information and communication technologies can make learning processes more productive. A further benefit is that students strengthen their skills at using technology for publishing and communication, important areas of professional growth for pre-service teachers. These skills are particularly important for preservice teachers in the Gulf Region, in that their experiences with technology for learning have been limited.
    Thus although this dissertation, “Investigating electronic portfolios in pre-service teacher education in the Gulf Region,” has a specific focus on two particular countries in the Gulf Region, it reflects questions that are currently being asked at many organizations for higher education world wide, which are overall questions guiding the research:
    “(a) In what ways can the use of an electronic portfolio lead to a more
    productive teaching and learning environment in higher education in
    the Gulf region, and (b) Under what conditions can the use of the
    electronic portfolio be strengthened given the context of higher
    education in the Gulf Region?”
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • Moonen, J.C.M.M., Supervisor
    Award date31 Mar 2006
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    Print ISBNs90-365-2333-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


    • IR-55826

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