The Functions and Benefits of the ePortfolio in Craft Education at the Primary Level

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Auli Saarinen Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen Kai Kai.Hakkarainen


The authors investigated primary school pupils’ experiences
using an electronic portfolio in their craft education for a
three year period, from the 3rd grade until the end of the
5th grade. This article emphasizes the functions and the
benefits of the ePortfolio method and outlines general user
experiences based on pupil interviews (N=38), which
recounted user experiences from the start of subject
teaching in the 3rd grade. Data-driven content analysis with
a summative approach was used to analyse these
interviews. The results indicate that an ePortfolio (realized
through the iPad application, Book Creator) is a workable
method in craft education. When the use begins during the
early school years, it is experienced as a natural part of the
work process. The identified key functions were collection
and management of information, communication and
verification of development. The experienced benefits were
related to supporting the working process; activities
documented by the ePortfolio appeared to operate as
stimuli to memory and elicited rehearsing of concepts in a
way that deepened understanding of the past experiences.
The ePortfolio method offers a balancing opportunity to
regard design and making process in assessment. Despite
being based on the pupils’ experiences, the results are
relevant and useful for teachers when improving their
pedagogical practices.

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SAARINEN, Auli; SEITAMAA-HAKKARAINEN, Pirita; KAI.HAKKARAINEN, Kai. The Functions and Benefits of the ePortfolio in Craft Education at the Primary Level. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, [S.l.], v. 21, n. 3, feb. 2017. ISSN 1360-1431. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 27 jan. 2023.
ePortfolio, primary school, craft education, user experience, Design and Technology, D&T