The use of eportfolios as a pedagogical tool for leadership preparation and development in education

David Giles, Michael Bell

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    Purpose – A critical function of leadership formation is the leader’s deepening sensitivity, reflexivity, and self-reflection on one’s own, and others, practice. A particular tool that has potential to support such endeavour is the eportfolio (EP) (currently referred to as a personal learning space). The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents a personal report from a collaborative self-study which focused on the usefulness and potential of EPs as a tool for leadership formation that might: first, support learning enquiries, second, enable contemplative thinking and reflection, and third, coordinate personal representations of “who” we are. Findings – Having engaged as academics in a collaborative quest to embrace the technology of EPs in the everyday professional lives, while also critiquing the influence and power of the tool, the authors present a personal position for the use of EPs in leadership programmes as well as some critical dimensions that appear to awaken and enable self-reflective practices. Originality/value – As a tool which can enable leadership formation, EPs can evoke individual and collective voice within a generative and shared space.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)443-452
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Applied Research in Higher Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


    • Educational leadership
    • Eportfolios
    • Higher education


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