ERIC Number: ED406657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Epistemological Beliefs and Language Learning Beliefs: What Do Language Learners Believe about Their Learning?
A study explored the structures of language learners' beliefs about learning in general, or epistemological beliefs, and their beliefs about language learning in particular. Subjects, 97 college students learning Japanese at various levels in midwestern universities, completed a 132-item belief questionnaire. Factor analyses identified four dimensions of general epistemological beliefs that are comparable to those found in by M. A. Schommer in earlier studies, and 6 dimensions of language learning beliefs. Although there were some significant correlations, these belief dimensions were for the most part uncorrelated, which indicates that students' general epistemological beliefs and language learning beliefs can be characterized as a complex system consisting of multiple independent dimensions. (Contains 31 references and 5 tables of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).