ERIC Number: EJ1028784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
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Understanding Epistemological Development in First- and Second-Year Chemistry Students
Mazzarone, Kristina M.; Grove, Nathaniel P.
Journal of Chemical Education, v90 n8 p968-975 Aug 2013
Epistemological beliefs--a learner's perspective about knowledge and the nature of learning--have been found to play a vital role in learning. Much research has been conducted, both in general and in specific fields, to explore epistemological development in college-aged students; however, little of that research has been done specifically in chemistry. Prior research has documented how chemistry-specific epistemological beliefs change as students progress through their study of chemistry. The current research, which uses a qualitative, longitudinal approach, expands upon this work and explores factors, both curricular and extracurricular, that influence the development of students' epistemological beliefs about learning chemistry. This manuscript specifically focuses on development during students' study of chemistry during their first and second years.
Descriptors: Epistemology, Beliefs, Chemistry, Qualitative Research, Longitudinal Studies, Performance Factors, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Cognitive Structures, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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