ERIC Number: ED130835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Epistemological Posture as an Intellectual Variable: The Explanatory Modes Project, Background Paper No. 3.
Campbell, Douglas C.
A useful means for conceptualizing important differences in the way people actually perceive issues regarding truth and knowledge is discussed. An individual's attitudes and beliefs concerning the nature of truth and knowledge, termed "epistemological posture," is developed as a psychological variable and compared to other variables such as dogmatism/open-mindedness. A taxonomy of 23 issues is presented to provide more explicit meaning to the concept of epistemological posture and to serve as a basis for item construction of instruments that measure this concept. Suggestions are given for constructing instruments and several test items are included. Implications for educational research and science teaching are discussed. (MH)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Attitudes, Beliefs, Classification, Educational Research, Epistemology, Evaluation, Philosophy, Psychological Characteristics, Science Education
Explanatory Modes Project, Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St., West, Toronto 181, Ontario, Canada (no price quoted)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto. Dept. of Curriculum.
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