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Qualitative meta-synthesis of studies on the use of e-portfolio for language learning: A grounded theory approach

Tuisawau, Pita and Raturi, Shikha (2021) Qualitative meta-synthesis of studies on the use of e-portfolio for language learning: A grounded theory approach. Directions: Journal of Educational Studies, 35 (2). pp. 81-106. ISSN 1011-5846

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The purpose of this study was to conduct a qualitative meta-synthesis using a Classical Grounded Theory approach to examine previous studies on language ePortfolios. A preliminary search on the EBSCO host database alone yielded 15,111 results and a specific search for peer reviewed case studies on language ePortfolios yielded 105 results, which were used as the initial sample. The classical grounded theory approach employed analytical processes such as open, selective and theoretical coding; theoretical sampling, memo keeping and the constant comparative method. What emerged from the analysis of the data was the overwhelming focus of proponents of language ePortfolios to develop self-directed or autonomous learning skills in their language students. Their particular response to this concern with the language ePortfolio can be captured by the concept of facilitated engagement which is essentially the designing, developing, implementation and evaluation of methods, processes and spaces for the engagement of language (L2) students. This engagement involves interaction with the content, language and culture, activities, peers, assessment and assessment feedback and learning process. The four self-explanatory sub-categories or sub-themes that emerged were teacher-driven facilitated engagement, peer-driven facilitated engagement, self-driven facilitated engagement and finally content-driven facilitated engagement.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE)
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca - Waqairagata
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 03:49
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 03:49

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