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Shaping Teacher Candidates’ Digital Portfolios: What Administrators Want for Hiring

Product code: JDLTE-PDF

Publication type: Journal Article

JCTE, 2007; 23(3): 89-96

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This qualitative study investigated P–12 school administrators’ percep-tions of teacher education candidates’ online digital portfolios for hiring purposes. Over the course of three semesters, focus group interviews and an online questionnaire gauged administrators’ perceptions of selected candidates’ portfolios and how they might be used to help select teachers to hire. Based on preliminary feedback from administrators, candidates had opportunity to modify their portfolios each semester. Findings give evidence that administrators will use digital portfolios as a tool in the hiring process if they can easily access them, navigation is clear, and items they have traditionally used are still available. Administrators also viewed online video clips of candidates as a potentially powerful tool to help in selecting teachers to hire.