Title: From being one-sided to being diverse: the use of e-portofolio as a tool in distance learning of environmental issues for young children

Authors: Michail Kalogiannakis; Panagiotis Kakadiaris

Addresses: Department of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece ' Department of Preschool Education, Faculty of Education, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Abstract: The prospects of the dynamic interactive environment that was established with distance education can be broadened by the development of information and communication technology (ICT). The digital folder (e-portofolio) constitutes an educational breakthrough which fulfils the criterion of polymorphism. Our goal, in this study is the research concerning the contribution of the e-portofolio in the promotion of the cooperative freedom during flexible zone to second grade primary school students. As a basic research tool we created an e-portofolio utilising the Mahara software. In this research, 12 second grade students from an urban area of Athens took part. The introduction of the e-portofolio was created in two phases during the school year 2014-2015. Initially, the pilot application in the program 'all the earth, an embrace' and the main one was realised with the program 'the water'. Through the methodological approach of the qualitative action research we concluded that cooperation and autonomy can be achieved within the context of the educational community in a distance learning environment with the use of guided educational dialogue.

Keywords: cross thematic approach; e-portofolio; science education; distance education; guided didactic conversation; cooperative freedom; environmental education; early years.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTCS.2017.088935

International Journal of Teaching and Case Studies, 2017 Vol.8 No.4, pp.319 - 337

Received: 30 Aug 2017
Accepted: 30 Aug 2017

Published online: 21 Dec 2017 *

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