ERIC Number: ED441797
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Publication Date: 2000-Apr
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The Effects of a Course in Educational Psychology on Pre-Service Teachers' Epistemological Beliefs.
King, Catherine A.; Levesque, Maurice J.; Weckerly, Scott J.; Blythe, Nicole L.
This study examined the effects of a course in educational psychology on the epistemological beliefs of preservice teachers. Participants were preservice teachers enrolled in educational psychology and a control group of students recruited from other classes. The Epistemological Beliefs Scale, which measures beliefs about the nature of knowledge and learning across four dimensions (knowledge is certain, knowledge is simple, learning is quick, and ability to learn is fixed) was administered at the beginning and end of a semester-long class and again at the end of the following semester. The epistemological beliefs of the preservice teachers were found to be no more naive, on average, than those of the other students. Short-term change occurred across all four dimensions, with the greatest amount of change in the 'knowledge is simple' and 'learning is quick' dimensions. Although not all changes were maintained over time, long-term changes in beliefs about the simplicity of knowledge and the certainty of knowledge may be related to the course content and methods of instruction. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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