Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy


Taylor & Francis


School of Education




Hogan, J., Penney, D., O'Hara, E., & Scott, J. (2023). Stakeholder perceptions of the feasibility of e-portfolio-based assessment of physical literacy in primary health and physical education. Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy. Advance online publication.


Background: Physical literacy (PL) is widely acknowledged as an integral component of high-quality physical education programmes. However, what constitutes appropriate assessment of PL remains a contested issue. This study drew on Whitehead’s conceptualisation of PL as a lifelong journey and investigated how primary school teachers can support students’ PL learning through innovative and engaging assessment methods. The study specifically examined the feasibility of using e-portfolios to facilitate quality PL learning and quality assessment in Physical Education (PE), from different stakeholder perspectives. Methods: This interpretive study employed a qualitative design and methods to investigate aspects of feasibility with three purposive participant samples, each bringing different perspectives to the inquiry: established leaders in the field with expertise in PL (n = 11), primary PE professionals with experience in PL and/or assessment (n = 5), and professionals with specialist knowledge in use of e-portfolios and digital technologies (n = 4). Semi-structured interviews with participants were audio-recorded and transcribed. Data was analysed using an inductive thematic approach to identify emergent themes. Results: All participants identified e-portfolios as a powerful tool for engaging students in their PL journey and facilitating opportunities for self-reflection and progress evaluation. Findings revealed insights into three overarching themes. These included: philosophical, pedagogical, and pragmatic considerations needing to be addressed for the successful implementation of e-portfolio assessment to support students’ PL journey. Philosophical alignment highlighted the need for teachers to identify the conceptualisation of PL that underpins and guides assessment practices. Pedagogical alignment necessitates student-centred approaches that foster self-reflection on PL development. Pragmatic alignment requires whole-school approaches to resourcing to facilitate e-portfolio assessment and PL development. Conclusion: Despite the inherent challenges and tensions associated with assessing PL, e-portfolios are identified as a potent tool for engaging primary aged students in their PL journey. Findings provide direction for primary educators looking to leverage e-portfolios as a means of promoting and supporting PL.



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