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Facebook e-Portfolios for Career Education Focused on Japanese Employment Practice: A Case Study

Masanari Oishi (), Norihito Seki () and Hiroki Kondo ()
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Masanari Oishi: Hokkai-Gakuen University
Norihito Seki: Hokkai-Gakuen University
Hiroki Kondo: Hokkai-Gakuen University

The Review of Socionetwork Strategies, 2017, vol. 11, issue 2, 159-171

Abstract: Abstract The authors propose the effectiveness of Facebook functions in the promotion of career education. In recent years, career education in Japanese universities has differed slightly from that in other countries. Japanese students are trained to be competitive in the job-hunting process; they need to obtain the technical skills and knowledge necessary to pass a company entrance examination or a university oral interview. This practice is in stark contrast with the intrinsic meaning of vocational/career education, which is the process by which students acquire the abilities and independence required by a certain industry. This meaning is manifested in the purpose of the career education program of Hokkai-Gakuen University’s Faculty of Business Administration. The program’s purpose is to foster independence in its students rather than the acquisition of skills for the job-hunting process. The professional independence of every student is important to their career development after graduating from the university. On the other hand, it is known that e-portfolios generally encourage students to record and assess their activities. To promote the activities that students tackle in the program, we introduced an e-portfolio using Facebook. This study shows the characteristics and achievements of our e-portfolio.

Keywords: e-Portfolio; Facebook; University Education in Japan; Career education; Japanese employment practice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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